Disappointed Kohli rues 45 minute slump in Manchester

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Published on July 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s
Kohli says 45 minutes of bad cricket cost India a place in the World Cup final

Disappointed Kohli rues 45 minute slump in Manchester


(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRAT KOHLI, INDIA CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Of course, very disappointed.

We played outstanding cricket as I have mentioned already throughout this tournament and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening and it breaks your heart also because you have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum.

"You finish No.

1 in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and then you are out of the tournament completely.

But you have to accept it.

It's happened to us before and we have all come out better cricketers because of these setbacks, especially at a stage like a World Cup.



(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIRAT KOHLI, INDIA CAPTAIN, SAYING: "He is an instinctive player and did well to overcome that situation and stringing a partnership with Hardik, I think the way they played after the loss of three wickets, four wickets rather, was quite commendable and in hindsight he's still young, so I made many errors when I was young in my career and he will learn, he will look back and think yes, he could have chosen a different option in that situation and he realises that already.

"So all these guys have a lot of pride and passion to play for their country and they are the ones who feel the most disappointed when a mistake happens." STORY: A spell of pedestrian cricket inside 45 minutes ruined India's otherwise stellar campaign in the Cricket World Cup, captain Virat Kohli lamented after his team's semi-final loss to New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday (July 10).

Kohli's men topped the group stage and wrested the number one ranking from England before their last four clash with 2015 finalists New Zealand.

After the top order imploded, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to arrest the free-fall before both played reckless shots to throw away their wickets.

Kohli conceded their shot selection could have been better though he refused to blame 21-year-old Pant, who was playing only his ninth one-day international.

(Production: Andy Ragg)

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