October 14, 2019

Virat Kohli reacts to criticism after India’s World Cup exit

Kohli’s team dropped to 18 at Old Trafford after the last four draws were played in two days due to the rain in Manchester.

Chasing 240 for the victory, India lost four of its best hitters in 24 races in the first 10 races and was eventually ejected by 221.

The unexpected loss left a lot of people dominated by the Indians in Old Trafford disappointed, while a billion fans at home tried to reach an agreement with the heartbreaking end of the team’s bid for a third crown of the World Cup .

Indian fans of cricket are known for their outbursts of fury after crushing defeats, but Kohli said losing is an integral part of the sport and should not provoke extreme reaction from fans or players.

“I’ve always felt in favor of a measured reaction and yes, the disappointment is there at a loss, but I do not take it to the extreme,” Kohli told reporters.

“Because many players will not be able to process it, everything has to be balanced, as we want it to be in the field.

“It’s easy to criticize from the outside when someone loses and you get on top when you’re winning, but when it happens on a large scale, it’s a national responsibility that the way you react to the sport you see.”

The pre-tournament favorites, India, led the group table to reserve the semi-final clash with New Zealand’s four lowest favorites.

But Kane Williamson’s team scored 239-8 after batting first in a tough pitch and then defended the total with excellent fast bowling.

“Accept the ruling”

Kohli insisted that the defeat, which occurred after India won seven of the nine group games, will eventually be dissected to determine what went wrong.

“I do not think I’d like to break things down right away,” Kohli said.

“But over time we’ll have to sit down and analyze things we could have done in this game.”

Kohli praised Ravindra Jadeja’s courageous coup of 77 that scared New Zealand.

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