Let’s admit it, we have all been waiting to hear what Team India skipper Virat Kohli has to say about the entire Ravindra Jadeja-Sanjay Manjrekar incident that has been rocking social media for over a week now.
Now that India are out of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Kohli has finally responded to the situation and his response is pretty much the same as how we expected things to happen.
It is reputed sports journalist Chetan Narula who revealed a small part of his personal conversation with the star. Narula apparently asked about Kohli’s involvement in the Jadeja-Manjrekar situation, to which the 30-year-old replied that the team as such did not need to involve much as Jadeja took matters into his own hands.
“After what happened over the last week, we didn’t really need to tell him anything. He was just eager to get onto the field,” Kohli was quoted as saying. Check out Narula’s tweet right here:
Earlier last week, Manjrekar who was on commentary duties for the World Cup, called Jadeja a “bits and pieces” cricketer on air and that did not sit well with the Gujarat-based all-rounder. He took to Twitter to express his outrage at the former Indian batsman’s comment and later continued to produce strong replied by virtue of some brilliant performances on the field.
Jadeja even took India close to a win against New Zealand in the semifinal of the World Cup, but the Men in Blue eventually fell short by 18 runs and headed for the exit door, while the Kiwis advanced to the final.
Team India’s stint in ICC World Cup 2019 ended with a 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semi-finals. This defeat broke the hearts of millions of Indian fans. The semi-final match between India and New Zealand lasted two days, the match was stopped due to rain on the first day and the rest of the match was played on reserve day. When MS Dhoni was on the crease until Men in Blue was expected to win, but the hope of India’s win ended when Martin Guptill’s direct throw to run out Dhoni.
In the post-match press-conference, Kohli said that shot selection could have been better. He also mentioned that the team is sad but are not devastated by the heartbreaking loss.
You feel bad for the result. Everyone goes out to win the match and when it doesn’t happen, you feel sad. We’re sad but not devastated,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference.
Virat Kohli lavished praise on the New Zealand bowlers for hitting good line and lengths throughout the course of India’s innings.
“Rohit got a good ball and my ball was also decent. Couple of shot selections could’ve been different. We were confident despite the start we got. But the credit goes to New Zealand’s bowlers who kept on hitting the right line and length,” Virat added.
Kane Williamson usually keeps a composed, calm nature to his press conferences but the Black Caps skipper had reporters laughing on multiple occasions after this morning’s World Cup semi-final.
Williamson and the Black Caps sealed a spot in the World Cup final after stunning India with an 18-run win at Old Trafford this morning.
The Kiwi skipper kept the surprises coming after the match with a couple of cheeky answers to questions from both New Zealand and Indian media.
The first came from one Indian reporter who asked if Williamson would have selected MS Dhoni in his squad after the 38-year-old copped heat throughout India’s campaign.
“He’s not eligible to play for New Zealand,” Williamson joked.
Full Team Squads:
India Team Players: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand Team Players: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell(w), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Ish Sodhi.
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