India's captain Virat Kohli. Photograph:( AFP )
India got off to a poor start as they were reeling at 24/4 while chasing a modest victory target of 240
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that he is proud of his team the way they competed throughout the tournament after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final by 18 runs.
Kane Williamson-led team entered the final of Cricket World Cup 2019 and will face either host England or defending champions Australia on July 14 at Lord's.
During the post-match presentation, Virat said, "Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament."
Two-times champions India got off to a poor start as they were reeling at 24/4 while chasing a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a one-sided semi-final.
"Always feels bad when you play well all tournament and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out," said Virat on India's performance.
"At times, I think our shot selection could have been better. Otherwise, we played a really good brand of cricket. Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament," Virat added.
Kohli praised New Zealand's performance, saying, "New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure."
"As I said, come the knockouts, it's anyone's game and New Zealand showed more composure. They were braver than us and deserve to win," the Indian skipper.
"Thanks to all the fans, thanks for coming out in huge numbers," Kohli thanked the fans who came in large numbers to the "Men in Blue".
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