Occupied Kashmir celebrates as India faces defeat in cricket world cup

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

That Indian cricket team lost the crucial semi-final match to New Zealand on Wednesday have hurt millions of fans across the nation. "The team played well".

This has been a woeful tournament with the bat for the opener, with Guptill - the leading run-scorer at the 2015 World Cup - out for just one, his fifth single score in this edition, when the rain-interrupted game began on Tuesday. Three early wickets put the team on the backfoot completely. Then it was a great recovery from Jadeja and Dhoni.

"So close, yet so far for India. Hats off to Jadeja and Dhoni for the way they played", Edulji told PTI. In each of their previous contests, at least one of the top three had endured to drop anchor into the middle overs, not least Rohit Sharma, who had notched five hundreds in his eight previous innings.

"To bowl as outstandingly as they did in a high-pressure game makes victory over India one of New Zealand's best ever one-day performances", Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council. "They won't take it deep; they will go all out and play the game that way because I have seen them play that way". That (retirement) is his personal decision. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. The youngsters in the team still need his mentorship, " Edulji, herself a former India captain, added.

She also dedicated a motivational song written by Gulzar to the Indian cricket team. No one wants to lose a game. "Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day", Khanna said. "So they know how to put pressure because they play very consistent cricket".

"I'm sure he will reflect on it and he will come out stronger".

For those into risk analysis and birds, New Zealand was always going to be a tough customer as a harbinger of a "black swan", or an event that comes as a surprise - and as this editorial amply provides an example of - an event that is rationalised in hindsight.

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