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ICC World Cup 2019: ‘We failed to deliver’, Rohit Sharma’s heavy hearted message after India’s semi-final exit

cricket Updated: Jul 12, 2019 12:08 IST
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India's Rohit Sharma posted an emotional message after India’s World Cup exit
India's Rohit Sharma posted an emotional message after India’s World Cup exit(AFP)
         

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma acknowledged that his team “failed to deliver when it mattered” in the lost World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand, saying his “heart is heavy” after the disappointment. Among the pre-tournament favourites, India lost by 18 runs to the Black Caps in a rain-hit low-scoring semifinal here Wednesday.

The top three Indian batsmen, including Rohit, managed just one run each in a chase of 240.

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“We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday & that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too.The support away from home was incredible.Thank you all for painting most of uk blue wherever we played,” tweeted the opener, referring to the top-order failure which left the scorecard reading 5/3 in the first four overs itself.

 

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli had blamed the loss on “45 minutes of bad cricket”.

India might be out of the competition but Rohit continues to top the highest run-getters’ list at the ongoing event.

The right-hander amassed 648 runs in nine matches, including a world record five hundreds in a single edition of the World Cup

He is likely to remain in that position as nearest competition David Warner is also out of contention after Australia’s were sent packing with an eight-wicket loss to England in Birmingham on Thursday.

The early dismissal against New Zealand was a rare bad day in office for Rohit, who looked in imperious form all through.