Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said the target was straightforward but India had been too reliant on the top three in the batting order - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and captain Virat Kohli - who each only scored one run.
A top-order collapse had been the trigger to India's massive defeat in that final with Mohammad Amir sending back Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli inside the first 10 overs of the innings. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni came up with a valiant effort but the top-order damage done by New Zealand pacers proved to be the difference. He scored 50 off 72 balls at Old Trafford in Manchester as India lost by 18 runs while chasing New Zealand's total of 239/8.
Indian cricket fans are known for angry outbursts after crushing defeats, but Kohli said losing is part and parcel of sport and should not trigger an extreme reaction from either supporters or players. "And when you lose 3 for 5 it is very hard to come back into the game". Well played guys, throughout the tournament.
"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure. The stage was set for Dhoni", Laxman said. They fought back and you thought they would get it done.
The No4 batting slot has been a revolving door with various batsmen being tried out in the position over the last couple of years but none of them were able to convince completely. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours.
"I'm sure he will reflect on it and he will come out stronger". Dhoni and Jadeja kept the hopes of Indian victory alive with a 166-run partnership for 7th wicket, however, after Dhoni departed, the doors of India's journey in World Cup 2019 closed. Even in the Champions Trophy final in 2017, he made just 5.
"At the halfway stage, we wanted 240-250 and we knew we would be competitive if we got that because the surface played the way it did".
"Indian fans should be proud of the way their team played in the World Cup", he added.
"It breaks your heart also, because you worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum, you finish number one in the table, and then a spell of bad cricket and you're out of the tournament".
"We are sad, but we are not, you know, devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament".