Kohli left heartbroken after India crash out of World Cup

Kohli left heartbroken after India crash out of World Cup

Indian captain, Virat Kohli has described their semi-final defeat to New Zealand at the World Cup as heart-breaking.

ndia's captain Virat Kohli reacts at the end of play during the 2019 Cricket World Cup first semi-final between New Zealand and India at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on July 10, 2019. New Zealand beat India by 18 runs. Dibyangshu Sarkar
ndia's captain Virat Kohli reacts at the end of play during the 2019 Cricket World Cup first semi-final between New Zealand and India at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on July 10, 2019. New Zealand beat India by 18 runs. Dibyangshu Sarkar

Kohli says 45 minutes of ‘bad cricket’ ultimately led to their demise on a famous day for the Kiwis at Old Trafford.

The period he was referring to was the opening stanza of their innings where India were left shell-shocked at 5 for 3 in the fourth over.

With the red hot Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Kohli himself, all back in the hut, it proved too much of a mountain to climb for the middle order and tail in the end.

“Of course, very disappointed,” Kohli said.

He continued, “We played outstanding cricket as I have mentioned already throughout this tournament and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening and it breaks your heart also because you have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum.”

Kohli said it was a harsh defeat to take but one his team would need to learn from.

“You finish number one in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and then you are out of the tournament completely. As a sportsman you have to accept it, this is part and parcel of this game.,” he said.

“It's happened to us before and we have all come out better cricketers because of these setbacks, especially at a stage like a World Cup."

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