India’s World Cup dream ended with a painful 18-run defeat from New Zealand on Wednesday.
Rain forced the game into the reserve day with New Zealand at 211/5 after 46.1 overs. After the restart, the Kiwis added 28 runs to give India a challenging total of 240 runs.
India lost their top three batsmen for five runs and their chase never really recovered until Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni launched a remarkable late fightback.
However, it wasn’t enough as New Zealand booked their place in their second-successive final by closing out the win in the final over of the game.
The defeat left Indian players and its fans heartbroken after a period or poor cricket ended their dreams despite an excellent two years for the team ahead of the World Cup.
As the dust settled on the loss, Indian players reacted and thanked fans for their immense support.
1. Rohit Sharma
2. Virat Kohli
3. Jasprit Bumrah
4. Ravindra Jadeja
Sports has taught me to keep on rising after every fall & never to give up. Can’t thank enough each & every fan who has been my source of inspiration. Thank you for all your support. Keep inspiring & I will give my best till my last breath. Love you all pic.twitter.com/5kRGy6Tc0o
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 11, 2019
5. Mohammed Shami
6. Hardik Pandya
7. Kuldeep Yadav
It's been a dream for me to represent my country in the World Cup. It's very disappointing to not be on the winning side, but the entire experience has taught me a lot, and it was a moment of pride to play alongside this wonderful team and support staff. pic.twitter.com/rEX1ycOdrQ
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) July 11, 2019
8. KL Rahul
9. Rishabh Pant
10. Yuzvendra Chahal