Rohit Sharma:Photo Credit: Getty Images. He slammed five centuries but failed on the stage when it counted the most.
Another World Cup semifinal, another failure. The performance of their captain Gulbadin Naib was below average, and if the leader fails, it is hard for the team to be confident and give their hundred percent.
While the Committee of Administrators (CoA) have given the support staff 45 more days to coach the Indian players, some of the members could be asked some serious questions when the next appointment is undertaken by the BCCI. What was on display was a timid response by the middle and lower-middle order till Ravindra Jadeja roared back like a man possessed.
Another controversial decision taken by Kohli and Shastri was the exclusion of Ambati Rayudu, who the team management refused to include in the side despite his terrific record. Although, it will be argued that he was dismissed by a sensational catch from James Neesham, he didn't look comfortable out there.
"Before that, you told Hardik Pandya to take on the spinners".
With Dhoni's run-out in the 49th over, India's hopes ended in the thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Jedeja's emphatic knock coming to an end for 77 before MS Dhoni was run out for 50. Lloyd should know. India "shocked" favourites West Indies in the 1983 final to win their first World Cup.
However, their efforts could not prove sufficient as the Men in Blue lost the match by 18 runs, thus bowing out of the competition. While India had suffered just one defeat in the group stage, New Zealand had entered the semifinals on the back of three consecutive defeats. He proved to be economical as well as he gave away just 43 runs in 10 overs. The way they bowled in the first half-hour of our run chase was what made the difference.
Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was once again at his stunning best and he provided an early breakthrough to the team as well. India's 18-run loss against a tenacious Kiwi side has to be blamed on the lack of Plan B. For the entire tournament, there was heavy dependence on the top order and no clear plan to fix the fragile middle-order.