Manchester: India captain Virat Kohli admitted his side had paid the price for “45 minutes of bad cricket” as he looked back on the wreckage of his side’s stunning World Cup exit.
Needing just 240 to reach Sunday’s final, two-time champions India were undone by a dismal start to their run chase.
Kohli was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each.
“It’s tough, 45 minutes of bad cricket put you out of the tournament. It’s hard to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it, they put us under pressure and came through in the key moments,” Kohli told Sky Sports.
“Our shot selection could’ve been better but otherwise we played a good brand of cricket and I’m proud of the way we played.
“Come the knockouts it is anyone’s game and New Zealand showed more composure and were braver and they deserve to go through to the final.”
Kohli felt India had taken a huge step towards the final when they restricted New Zealand to 239-8 at the conclusion of the Black Caps’ rain-interrupted 50 overs.
“We got what we needed to get in the field this morning and we thought we had restricted them to a total that is chaseable on any surface. But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game,” he said.