Sanjay Manjrekar praises Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance against New Zealand

Sanjay Manjrekar praises Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance against New Zealand

Sanjay Manjrekar praises Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance against New Zealand

Speaking after the loss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, "I think we are sad but we are not devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament". The cricket legend further added that India was still in the game during the 2019 CWC semi-final till Dhoni was present at the crease.

Congratulations to New Zealand but that really was a thrilling semi-final - right up to the end.

Cricket-mad Indians tried Thursday to come to terms with their shock World Cup exit, with the Times of India telling readers "The Sun will still rise tomorrow" and Ravindra Jadeja emerging as a new national hero.

The former India opener also lauded Kane Williamson for his outstanding captaincy.

Dhoni delivered one final hurrah with a towering six off Lockie Ferguson but Martin Guptill's electric direct hit from deep backward square evicted him for an even 50.

Superb swing bowling by Matt Henry and Trent Boult, however, reduced India to 5-3 before arguably the catch of the tournament by Neesham left the 2011 champions in trouble at 24-4.

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Jadeja (77) and Dhoni's (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but ultimately it was Boult and Henry's new ball brilliance that proved decisive in the end.

Young Shubman Gill, touted as one of the biggest batting hopes of the next decade and half, was given a game in New Zealand and set aside. "They should have played more positively against Santner". Jadeja let his game do the talking as Kohli couldn't have asked for a better all-round effort.

However, a story started doing rounds on Twitter when a video about the legality of the ball on which Dhoni got out emerged on social media.

"Dhoni, who captained India to their last World Cup victory in 2011 remained a hero, with "#ThankYouMSD" trending on Twitter.

Srikkanth also recalled the 1983 World Cup and how they batted first and scored about 260 runs against West Indies in the opening match at Manchester. I have always been a supporter of New Zealand and I hope they win the tournament. While chasing 240, the men in blue suffered a batting collapse after reeling at 91-6 at one stage, before MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties to record a 116-run stand for the 7th wicket. "We knew it would be tough for them if we took early wickets and that gave us the platform we needed", he added.

Former New Zealand Test batsman Craig Cumming, a co-host on Radio Sport, said he too believed New Zealand "would struggle to make the semi-finals, but sometimes when you're playing poorly like they have you are unsafe".

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