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How the Black Caps turned around their World Cup losing streak

How the Black Caps turned around their World Cup losing streak

Much to the surprise of quite a few in the cricket fraternity, India sent Dinesh Karthik in at number 5 when their most experienced batsman in MS Dhoni was still waiting in the dressing room. The game, which was initially scheduled to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday evening, was halted after rain meant it was impossible to continue.

In his post-match news conference, a glum captain Kohli said it was heart-breaking that his team, also the bookies' favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday, had to exit the showpiece due to some ordinary cricket in a 45-minute spell. Watch Harbhajan Singh and Mohammed Azharuddin speaking to India Today dissecting the world cup defeat. "These kinds of things happen now and then". If you look at the way KL Rahul got out for example, he did not know whether to touch the ball or not touch it with his bat, and that's why he got out. "They have some really talented players and they are a nice bunch of people. I wish them all the best". Did India gets its game plan wrong against New Zealand in the semi final?

Leading into the World Cup, there were concerns with the Indian middle order - it was not fixed, there was no certainty over the positions and it was brittle.

It was a superb display by the underdog Black Caps, who came into the match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England and only qualified for the semi-finals on net run-rate, while India topped the 10-team group stage.

For the first time in World Cup history, the semifinal had to be completed on the reserve day.

"We knew they were going to attack more and not let the game go to the end, 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". I have always been a supporter of New Zealand and I hope they win the tournament.

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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's not fair all the time to expect Dhoni to come and finish the game".

Now, as per reports, the selection committee has made up its mind to revamp the middle order and opt for fresh faces to give them an extended run.

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"Just because India had won all their games so far, maybe they thought they would be able to win this game easily as well", he said.