The highly improbable chase began to seem probable with Jadeja's half-century, who played the knock of his life and was dismissed for a 59-ball 77.
After a brilliant performance in the league stages with 7 wins, 1 loss and 1 match rained off in a total of 9 matches India deservedly topped the 10 team table. The news channel was promptly trolled for putting the blame on just three players.
"I wasn't surprised with how New Zealand played, to be honest". The Indian captain finished as India's second-highest run-getter, with 443 runs at 55.37. With Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar doing the fix work, India had gone on to post 252 and then win the match by 35 runs.
It all began with Vijay Shankar being earmarked as the No. 4 batsman at the expense of Ambati Rayudu, who was India's key in that position in the matches leading to the World Cup but dropped like a hot potato for the quadrennial event, leading to his premature retirement out of frustration.
"Well, look, it's always, you know, a safer option to look at it from outside and say, "Maybe this could have happened" but I think today he was batting with Jadeja and there was only Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) to follow after".
The Hindustan Times said that Jadeja's "heroics" were "in vain" while the Indian Express ran with "Heartbreak" and a photo of Kohli trudging up the stairs at Old Trafford, bat under his arm, after his early dismissal. Asked if Dhoni has said anything about his future plans, with the squad for the West Indies tour to be announced soon, Kohli said, "No he hasn't told us anything as of now".More news: AT&T to offer automatic robocall blocking feature at no extra charge
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Kohli, however, wasn't ready for an immediate post-mortem. Rahul became the third Indian batsman to head back into the hut for just 5 runs on the board.
For someone who burst onto the global scene as a talented teenager 15 years ago, Dinesh Karthik has been an underachiever. But it wasn't to be. Dinesh Karthik was a victim of perhaps the catch of the 2019 World Cup by Jimmy Neesham at point.
Ever since India lost to Pakistan the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017, the team management's emphasis has been on the wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Though experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then held the helms and helped his team to cross at least 200-mark by smashing four jaw-dropping sixes.
No reserve days were scheduled for the group matches of this World Cup, which has already featured a record four washouts. But they couldn't live up to the expectations.
Guptill wasn't having the best of World Cups as he had failed to score big runs at the tournament.