Bitter pill to swallow: Sachin Tendulkar after India crash out of World Cup 2019
Billion acrosss the world were left heartbroken on Wednesday after India crashed out of the World Cup 2019 after their 18-run loss against New Zealand in the first semi-final in Manchester.
India got bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240 after the match was forced into the reserve day following the rain interruption on Tuesday.
New Zealand resumed their innings from 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs and managed to add 28 runs to their overnight total from 23 deliveries with Ross Taylor (74) and captain Kane Williamson (67) making significant contributions for their team.
India in replay got off to a disastrous start after Matt Henry and Trent Boult removed the top-three of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli within 3.1 overs with all three contributing 1-run each.
Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya (32) then steadied the innings with a 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni got together to take the team agonisingly close to the target.
Jadeja played a valiant knock of 77 off 59 balls while Dhoni made 50 off 72 but once they departed the chase just fell apart for India and they eventually got bowled out for 221.
“Sport is cruel yes sometimes it shows you those days. This was a fantastic team to go all the way and lift the trophy but there are no guarantees in sport and no retakes either. Just one of those disappointing days when you have to swallow that bitter pill.
“But we cannot be so critical with one failure. We cannot forget that we won 7 out of 8 games (in the league stage). .Yes all the teams have bad games, England also lost. They lost to Sri Lanka. We can’t be harsh on our team, it is a disappointing day but it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” a dejected Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.
Tendulkar felt that the players will need some time to get over this disappointment.
“It’s a tough time for everyone, we all have expectations and dreams. All I can say is, it’s been a tough day. How bad they must be feeling in the dressing room. I fully agree that we should have chased 240. 10 out of 10 times we would have taken that.
“Time is the greatest healer, we just have to wait for a while, step aside a little bit, give yourself some time and then take a call.
“Not just for Virat (Kohli) and Rohit (Sharma), we have got 15 members in the squad along with the support staff. They have been working constantly behind the scenes. Everyone will be equally disappointed. As an Indian it is disappointing and heartbreaking,” Tendulkar said.
Courtesy : India Today