Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Music icon Lata Mangeshkar urges MS Dhoni to carry on playing

Music icon Lata Mangeshkar urges MS Dhoni to carry on playing

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant will be the lynchpins of this side and with Chahal and Shami always in good nick, there are a couple of positions up for grabs. The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.

Indian wickets continued to fall for New Zealand throughout the innings with very little resistance offered by the Indians until MS Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja arrived at the crease in the 22nd and 30th overs respectively.

According to some reports, New Zealand prepared for the contest by watching videos of Pakistan's victory over India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final - another match which featured key early wickets in India's run-chase. "I wasn't surprised with how New Zealand played, to be honest".

They had been unsure about the No4 slot before the tournament even began and the problems were only compounded in the World Cup when they couldn't make up their minds over Kedar Jadhav or Dinesh Karthik for the other middle-order slot.

"It's not fair all the time to expect Dhoni to come and finish the game".

"We've played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament".

New Zealand picked up where they left off on Wednesday, at 211/5, before then shocking the Indian team by reducing them to five for three. "The stage was set for Dhoni", Laxman said.

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

They do not play with the same razzmatazz as they did four years ago.

"I'm sure he will reflect on it and he will come out stronger".

While those 45 minutes might indeed have been the unraveling of what was an otherwise near ideal World Cup campaign for India, the warning signs had been present for some time.

"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". Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day.

"But at the same time, we just want to reflect on the good things we did in this match and the things we want to improve on". "So there are many things that we can take back as positives".

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