Virat shares message with fans after loss
July 12, 2019
India cricket captain Virat Kohli shared his disappointment with fans after India lost their World Cup semi-final match. Virat thanked fans for their support tweeting that "we gave everything we had" and "share the same emotions as you".
"Firstly I want to thank all our fans who came in huge numbers to support the team. You made it a memorable tournament for all of us & we definitely felt the love showered upon the team. We are all disappointed & share the same emotions as you. We gave everything we had. Jai Hind", read the tweet.
In the post-match press-conference, Virat said that shot selection could have been better. He also said that while the team is sad, it is not devastated.
You feel bad for the result. Everyone goes out to win the match and when it doesn't happen, you feel sad. We're sad but not devastated. - Virat Kohli, India cricket captain
Virat also lavished praise on the New Zealand bowlers for hitting good line and lengths. "Rohit got a good ball and my ball was also decent. Couple of shot selections could've been different. We were confident despite the start we got. But the credit goes to New Zealand's bowlers who kept on hitting the right line and length".
On Rishabh Pant, Virat said that he should be given time calling him an "instinctive player" and said "he did well to form that partnership with Hardik. I made many errors earlier in my career and he is young. He will reflect on it and we've seen glimpses of his talent".
After India's loss, fans, former players and Bollywood stars took to Twitter to sympathise with the team. M S Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja won a lot of praise.
"Yesterday was ours, today was theirs... You win some, you lose some... Well played Team India. Will always be your FAN! said producer Suneil Shetty. Another tweet said, "I am proud of the way we played the tournament.
We are best in the world. Thank you Dhoni for being a hope for the country when India lose everything. You are always the last man standing. Jadeja deserves a permanent spot in the team" See you next year".
All attention is now on M S Dhoni , with reports of his retirement growing. Despite his 51 runs, India went down to New Zealand by 18 runs. Virat did not comment on Dhoni's future, saying "he has not said anything to us".