India captain Virat Kohli finally and his silence about the heart-breaking semi-final defeat at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Kohli statement came after 5th month after losing against New Zealand; Kohli stated that “he believed he would have carried his bat throughout India’s run-chase.”
Virat Kohli opens up about his belief:
The Indian captain was quoted as saying by Times Now, “Deep within I believed the team would need me to stand up and deliver in one of the games. I believed that I would come not out, but that was my inner ego,”. Further, he added that his ego got the better of himself during India’s most crucial match of the tournament. Virat Kohli said that he is still human and he feels the pressure in crunch situations, this was his answer when asked about handling the pressure.
India went straight into semi-final destroying approx all the team and topped the league table with 15 points from 9 matches. In the semi-final at Manchester, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand posted 239-8 in their 50 overs and in reply, India began off to a horrifying start. The top three Indian batsmen, who were also India’s highest run-getters of the tournament, were all dismissed in quick session. Kohli was trapped in front of stumps by Trent Boult for just 1 as India went on to lose the game by 18 runs.
Although the match was interrupted because of heavy rain in Manchester but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allocated separate reserve days for these high-level games, the match was interrupted on Tuesday, the game was started from where it was left on Wednesday.
Virat Kohli will now lead India in the upcoming home series against West Indies. West Indies are scheduled to tour India in December and will play three T20Is and three ODIs over the course of 16 days in the country. The series will begin with the first of three T20Is on December 6 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad.