Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team

Kane Williamson says New Zealand deserve their place in the final four at the World Cup

Kane Williamson says New Zealand deserve their place in the final four at the World Cup

While Virat Kohli's men had been favourites to go all the way at the World Cup, their exit did not spark a furious response for fans back home who had been captivated by their run to the last four as the tournament's top team.

BCCI acting President CK Khanna and COA member Diana Edulji on Thursday lauded India's performance in the World Cup following the team's heartbreaking loss against New Zealand in the semifinals.

"It breaks your heart also, because you worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum, you finish number one in the table, and then a spell of bad cricket and you're out of the tournament".

The victory sent 2015 runners-up New Zealand to their second consecutive World Cup final and Vettori said they would be full of confidence.

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.

He admitted afterwards that he had been unable to control his emotions in the moment, but owned up to failing when it mattered most for his team.

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson insisted the fact his side lost to potential World Cup final opponents Australia and England earlier in the tournament would have no bearing on Sunday's showpiece match at Lord's.

"But at the same time, we just want to reflect on the good things we did in this match and the things we want to improve on".

"Today we were not good enough".

"New Zealand deserve a lot of credit because they really put up a great display of how to bowl with the new ball. We have to accept that and accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard". "You make errors, you make decisions which are not right at that time and you have to accept it".

Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) added 116 runs for the 7th wicket partnership for India but fell short of the target in the end.

"In my watching Jadeja for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his top quality, like best knock according to me because the kind of pressure", Kohli said.

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