After semi-final loss, Virat Kohli identifies big reason behind shock defeat


VIRAT KOHLI, India captain, on the 18-run loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals.

In his post-match interview, current India captain Virat Kohli announced that Dhoni had not informed his teammates of any decision he had taken regarding his future career.

Santner had conceded only five runs in 5.3 overs, and in the 31st Pandya succumbed to temptation and offered a substantial top edge while slog-sweeping, sending it high for Williamson to catch, leaving the score at 92 for six.

Kohli was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each. New Zealand defended 239 and marched into the finals.

"But as I said, come the knockouts, it's anyone's game and New Zealand showed more composure than us, and they were braver in those crunch situations so they deserve to go through to the finals".

They literally finished off the backbone of the Indian side and then there was a good fightback, hats off to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, especially Jadeja in just his second game of the World Cup.

"He (Jadeja) really made a fantastic fight out of it, he made it a brilliant game". In the end, the batting weaknesses of Team India were exposed in this match.

Mitchell Santner's slow left-arm spin was one of New Zealand's biggest weapons and Williamson was lavish in his praise. "What a game from Kane Williamson with bat and with captaincy. One thing about New Zealand's batting and bowling approach, they played to their strengths and limitations", he said. Ross Taylor was 67 not out and Tom Latham was at 3 when the play was stopped.

On Wednesday, though it was a different story as the Kiwis ended India's hopes of reaching the final in a clinical performance.

Many Indian cricket fans on social media have expressed their despair, with broken heart and crying emojis aplenty. When I say positively, that doesn't mean hitting out, it's showing some sort of positivity against Santner, putting him under pressure. Faced with a tough chase, a brittle middle order did us in.

He added: "But you have to accept it".

"We got what we needed to get in the field this morning and we thought we had restricted them to a total that can be chased on any surface".

"It was a great semi-final and we're happy to be on the right side of it".