After India's semi-final loss to New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019 during which Dhoni played an incredible knock, many believed that it was his last worldwide innings. But what left many perplexed was MS Dhoni coming in to bat at number seven after the likes of Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant. "He was quite ready to just get on to the park, to be honest (smiling)", said the India skipper.
Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites.More news: Who Are the Highest-Paid Celebrities?
"The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly. And had Dhoni dived, who knows, he wouldn't have got run-out and would have taken India across the finishing line", he added. Eventually, it became a too tough a task to complete as India fell short by 18 runs.
Moreover, in the session-to-session online betting also, India were hot favourite as Dhoni and Jadeja restored the hopes of an Indian victory.More news: Deputies: Missouri suspect's flatulence leads authorities to hiding spot
"But I think that's the challenge and different kind of fun of these games as well that you have to be precise". Towards the end, he was talking to Jadeja and controlling the proceedings. "To just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening", Kohli told reporters.
Indian cricket fans are known for angry outbursts after crushing defeats, but Kohli said losing is part and parcel of sport and should not trigger an extreme reaction from either supporters or players. Nevertheless, the Men in Blue played superbly throughout the tournament only to stumble when it mattered the most and were knocked out of the World Cup. But a great deal of credit must go to the Black Caps who lost a couple of games before the semifinal and were commonly thought to have lost form.More news: Khawaja ruled out of WC with hamstring injury