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World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja shares an inspirational message post India’s semi-final loss

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Ravindra Jadeja

After dominating the league stage of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the Men in Blue fell inches short of sealing their berth for the final as they suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Black Caps in the first semi-final of the 10national tournament.

After skittling the Kiwis out for a challenging total of 239 runs, India lost their top six batsmen for just 92 runs. It was then all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who took the onus on himself and played the innings of his life to salvage some pride for the two times World Cup champions.

Jadeja added a thrilling 116-run partnership with wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni for the seventh wicket against the Kiwis and they both almost sealed the game for India.

After the 18-run loss in the semi-final, Jadeja took on to Twitter to thank the fans for their support and assured them that he will keep giving his best till his last breath.

“Sports has taught me to keep on rising after every fall & never to give up. Canโ€™t thank enough each & every fan who has been my source of inspiration. Thank you for all your support. Keep inspiring & I will give my best till my last breath. Love you all,” he wrote in his inspirational message for the fans.

In the ongoing World Cup, Jaddu also contributed to his team on several occasions when he was used as a substitute fielder. He claimed important catches for the Men in Blue before finally getting included in the playing 11.

CWC 2019: Rohit Sharma gutted to see Team India return home without the World Cup

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Rohit Sharma

Disappointment, heartbreak, tears and many such emotions took over the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester as the Men in Blue suffered a surprise defeat against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019.

While Team India performed valiantly throughout the tournament, one player for whom fans were sorry the most was Rohit Sharma.

Rohit enjoyed a sensational campaign for two-time winners India, becoming the first player to score five centuries at one World Cup after a quite brilliant run through the group stage. The opening batsman began the tournament with an unbeaten 122 in the victory over South Africa, before making 57 as India beat Australia at The Oval.

A stunning 140 against Pakistan followed, before Rohit suffered rare failures in the wins over Afghanistan and West Indies. He finished the group stage with scores of 102, 104 and 103 to help India pip Australia to top-spot, setting up a semi-final showdown with fourth-placed New Zealand in Manchester.

He nicked off for just one against the Kiwis, however, as India were eliminated following an 18-run defeat.

“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 dejected Rohit on Friday.

Rohit might go on to remain as the top-scoring batsman in the World Cup 2019 with 648 runs considering the next contenders among active players is Joe Root (549 runs) and Kane Williamson (548 runs).

With India’s World Cup exit, Rohit’s wait of lifting the elusive trophy continues. He wasn’t a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad but has only managed to go till the semi-finals in the 2015 and the 2019 editions.

World Cup 2019: England to play final against New Zealand after thumping win over Australia

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England beat Australia, to play against New Zealand in final

England booked their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand with a thumping eight-wicket win over the defending champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Jason Roy hit a blistering 85 as England reached the victory target with more than 100 balls to spare after restricting Australia to 223/10 in 49 overs.

Openers Roy and Jonny Bairstow (34) added 124 for the first wicket, their fourth consecutive century stand.

Earlier, Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece.

Woakes struck twice early on at his Warwickshire home ground as Australia slumped to 14-3 after winning the toss.

Australia’s prolific opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch, as well as Peter Handscomb, were all back in the pavilion by the seventh over.

Former skipper Steve Smith and Alex Carey steadied the innings with a fourth-wicket stand of 103 but wickets tumbled at regular intervals and Australia were unable to set England a testing target.

So now, England – the losing finalists in 1979, 1987 and 1992 – will face New Zealand, who are also yet to win the World Cup after finishing runners-up to Australia four years ago, in Sunday’s final at Lord’s following the Black Caps’ surprise semi-final win over India.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions:

ICC World Cup 2019: Sanjay Manjrekar praises Ravindra Jadeja for his all-round performance against New Zealand

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Cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who was subjected to criticism for calling Ravindra Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces cricketer’, finally praised the Indian all-rounder, saying that Jadeja ripped him apart by bits and pieces during India’s clash against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup.

International Cricket Council (ICC) posted a video on their Twitter handle in which Manjrekar can be seen having a conversational With Niall O’Brien and Ian Smith.

“By bits ‘n’ pieces of sheer brilliance, he’s ripped me apart on all fronts. @sanjaymanjrekar has something to say to @imjadeja after the all-rounder’s fantastic performance against New Zealand. #INDvNZ | #CWC19,” ICC captioned the video.

“This is the Jadeja we haven’t seen before. Today he was brilliant today,” Manjrekar said in the video.

Jadeja went on to play a sensational knock of 77 runs, and once he reached to his fifty, he pulled off a sword celebration and directed it towards the media box.

“I have to apologize to him (Jadeja), he was looking for me but I wasn’t there. I was in the lounge taking my lunch, I’m sorry,” Manjrekar said.

Jadeja displayed an all-round performance against the Black Caps as he scored a 59-ball 77, took the wicket of Kiwi opener Henry Nicholls, hit the bull’s eye to run-out Ross Taylor and grabbed a blinder at the boundary to dismiss Tom Lathom.

Jaddu came out to bat when India was in a spot of bother at 92/6. He steadied the innings along with wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni as the duo stitched together a partnership of 116-runs.

The left-hander was finally dismissed by Trent Boult in the 48th over. Jadeja hit 4 fours and 4 sixes in his innings. But his exploits were not enough as the two times World Cup champions lost by 18 runs.

CWC 2019: Shane Warne responds to MS Dhoni criticism after India’s semi-final defeat

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Australia spin legend Shane Warne defended MS Dhoni after the India veteran was criticized for his performance in the World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand on Wednesday.

Dhoni has endured a mixed World Cup, with a number of his innings drawing criticism from the fans and former cricketers. He scored 50 off 72 balls at Old Trafford in Manchester as India lost by 18 runs while chasing New Zealand’s total of 239/8.

But speaking to the official broadcaster, Warne said: “He (Dhoni) was only a couple of boundaries away from winning the game when he got out.

“We’re watching it thinking he’s leaving it to late but he may have timed it perfectly had he not been run out. That being said, he does rely a lot on his partner.”

India appeared in a hopeless position at 5 for three in their reply but Ravindra Jadeja gave the two-time World Cup champions an outside chance with a brilliant 59-ball 77.

And Warne added: “Jadeja was incredible. Some people seem more up for it on the biggest stage and that sums Jadeja up.

“He’s such a good cricketer. India were gone when he came out to bat. They fought back and you thought they would get it done. It was just a brilliant game of cricket.”

CWC 2019: Lata Mangeshkar requests MS Dhoni not to retire from international cricket

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Bharat Ratna recipient and singing maestro Lata Mangeshkar has requested former Indian skipper MS Dhoni not to retire from international cricket.

After India’s shocking loss to New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 during which Dhoni played a fighting knock, many believed that it was his last international innings.

However, Mangeshkar requested the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman not to hang his boots as the country still needs him.

“Namaskar MS Dhoni ji. Aaj Kal main sun rahi hun ke Aap retire hona chahte hain. Kripaya aap aisa mat sochiye. Desh ko aap ke khel ki zaroorat hai aur ye meri bhi request hai ki Retirement ka vichar bhi aap mann mein mat laayiye.@msdhoni”

(I am hearing that you want to retire. Please don’t think like that. The country needs you. I request you to not entertain thoughts of retirement.),” tweeted the 89-year-old singer.

She also dedicated a motivational song written by Gulzar to the Indian cricket team.

“Kal bhalehi hum jeet na paaye ho lekin hum haare nahi hain.Gulzar sahab ka cricket ke liye likha hua ye geet main hamari team ko dedicate karti hun.”

(We might not have been able to win yesterday, but we have not lost. I dedicate this song by Gulzar sahab to our team).”

Rumours are doing the round that MS Dhoni will bid adieu to international cricket after the ongoing World Cup, but no official announcement has been made for the same.

During a post-match conference following India’s loss, when Virat Kohli was asked about Dhoni’s retirement and if ‘Captain Cool’ has spoken about his future plans, the Indian captain said, “No, he hasn’t told us anything about his future.”

CWC 2019: Michael Vaughan trolls Virat Kohli after India’s shocking loss to New Zealand

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Michael Vaughan, King Kohli

India bowed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after suffering an 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Chasing New Zealand’s total of 239-8, India were bundled out for 221 despite Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant 59-ball 77.

Virat Kohli’s side recovered from 5-3 to 208-6 but fell just short, with Matt Henry finishing with three wickets.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan Vaughan wasted little time before trolling India and in particular, their skipper Virat Kohli, posting a picture of the superstar batsman holding a plane ticket on his Instagram account.

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Earlier last month, ICC posted the cheeky tweet before India vs South Africa encounter. The illustration shared showed Virat Kohli sitting on a throne with a crown on his head and bat in his hand. A board behind him shows India’s previous two World Cup triumphs in 1983 and 2011.

Meanwhile, speaking after India’s shocking loss to New Zealand, Kohli said: “The way they came out and bowled in that first half-an-hour was the difference in the game.

“With the new ball they were outstanding with the areas that they hit. It made life very difficult.

“I thought Jadeja had an outstanding game; the way he played today was a great sign for his skillsets and what he can do for the team.

“It always feels disappointing when you”ve played good cricket and 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. โ€˜Itโ€™s difficult to accept and to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it because they put enough pressure on us and were sharper when it came to the crunch moments,” he added.

New Zealand will face either host England or defending champions Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

World Cup 2019: PM Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi console Team India after heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in semi-final

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PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday consoled Virat Kohli-led Team India after they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

In his tweet, the Indian Prime Minister stated that Team India should feel proud of their performance in the ongoing tournament and for the fight they showed in the match at Old Trafford in Manchester.

“A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud,” Narendra Modi tweeted.

PM Modi also added that winning and losing is part of the game while wishing the team best of luck for their future endeavours.

“Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours”.

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also took to Twitter to express his support to Team India for their outstanding performance in the World Cup.

“Though they’re a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love & respect,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

He also congratulated New Zealand for their second successive World Cup final.

“Congratulations to New Zealand on their well-earned win, that gives them a place in the World Cup final,” Rahul Gandhi added.

In the post-match presentation ceremony, Virat Kohli congratulated New Zealand for their win and also thanked all the fans for coming out in huge numbers to support Team India.

“We knew we had a good day yesterday and we’re proud of it. Had a good time in the morning today as well and we had momentum with us. Credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they were really good with the new ball and hit the right areas. I think it was the skill level on display (from NZ bowlers) was there for all to see. I think Jadeja had a really good couple of games and itโ€™s his performance today that’s a huge positive for his skill-set,” said the Indian skipper.

World Cup 2019: Fans angry as New Zealand break ICC’s fielding rules to run-out MS Dhoni

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6 fielders outside the ring to run-out Dhoni

MS Dhoni’s dismissal in the penultimate over during India’s World Cup 2019 semi-final defeat to New Zealand has emerged as one of the biggest talking points after dejected Indian fans shared a video proof, claiming that the legendary wicket-keeper was run-out on a controversial delivery.

As per the ICC’s rules, in the final 10 overs (41โ€“50) a maximum of five fielders are allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle. But, before the ball was delivered, as shown in the video which is doing the rounds, six players were outside the ring. And the umpire should have called it a no-ball, or even a dead ball.

Dhoni would still have been out on a retrospective ruling because a run out is the one form of dismissal allowed on a no-ball.

But some fans believe, probably mistakenly, that Martin Guptill should not have been in a position to make his wonder throw to remove Dhoni.

In the end, Guptill’s superb throw left India needing 25 off nine balls, and without the experienced Dhoni at the crease, they had no hope, falling 18 runs short.

Here are some of the Twitter reactions:

World Cup 2019: Yuvraj Singh responds to Kevin Pietersen’s “pathetic” remark on Rishabh Pant

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India have been knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup after New Zealand prevailed by 18 runs in a truly sensational semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

On Sunday at Lord’s. the Black Caps will face hosts England or holders Australia – who beat them in the 2015 World final.

Chasing 240 to win, India lost Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in the blink of an eye – meaning the top three were dismissed for one apiece for the first time ever.

Dinesh Karthik, who took 20 balls to get off the mark, was sent back by an extraordinary catch from James Neesham. India were 24 for four.

It was left to the youngsters Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya to rebuild. Pant, who had already been badly dropped by Neesham at midwicket, looked okay until he played the worst shot of the lot having worked hard to steady the ship.

Pant got on his knees, but couldn’t time the ball. The shot had elevation, but not the distance. Colin de Grandhomme took a good running catch to cut short Pant’s 32-run knock. Captain Kohli from the dressing room didn’t look pleased by any stretch of the imagination.

In the meantime, former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen seemed highly disappointed with the 21-year-old youngster.

He was gutted by the fact that Pant is not learning from his mistakes and is throwing his wicket away in crunch situations of a match.

A dejected Pietersen took to Twitter and wrote, “How many times have we seen @RishabPant777 do that?????!!!!! The very reason he wasnโ€™t picked initially! Pathetic!.”

However, these comments didn’t go down well with former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh. He replied to Pietersen, backing Pant, he said, “He’s played 8 Odis ! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all ! However we all are entitled to share our opinions.”

CWC 2019: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni heroics goes in vain as New Zealand beat India to reach the final

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MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, New Zealand beat India

Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni’s heroics went in vain as India crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand in a thrilling semifinal clash by 18 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Both batsmen played valiant knocks to rescue the side after early setback but fell just short of the victory margin as India were bundled out for 221 while chasing 240.

India got off to a disastrous start as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were back to the pavilion when the score was only five. While Matt Henry dismissed both the openers Rohit Sharma (1) and KL Rahul (1), Trent Boult removed Virat Kohli (1).

Dinesh Karthik (6) became the third victim of Henry when India’s score was 24. Pant and Pandya then steadied the innings. But Mitchell Santner removed both to reduce India to 92/6. It was here when Jadeja joined Dhoni at the crease and launched India’s fight back.

Earlier, gutsy knocks from Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (74) guided New Zealand to a fighting total in the rain-affected clash. As New Zealand resumed the play from 211/5 in 46.1 overs, Taylor got run out after adding just seven runs to his overnight score. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then struck with his twin-blow sending back Tom Latham (10) and Matt Henry (1).

Here’s how the cricketing world reacted on Twitter:

CWC 2019: Michael Vaughan uses a hilarious meme to ask Sanjay Manjrekar to unblock him

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Calling his life sorted after being blocked by ex-Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on Twitter, England’s former skipper Michael Vaughan now wants the commentator to unblock him.

In the past few days, both Vaughan and Manjrekar have been involved in a Twitter spat after the latter called Ravindra Jadeja ‘a bits and pieces cricketer’.

After being blocked on Twitter, Vaughan used a hilarious meme on Instagram to convey his message to Manjrekar.

“Come on Sanjay unblock me on Twitter … It’s only Bantz … !!!!,” Vaughan captioned the meme.

The picture of Yuzvendra Chahal resting along the boundary went viral during India’s World Cup 2019 league stage match against Sri Lanka in Leeds. The meme shared by Vaughan has Manjrekar’s face morphed in place of Chahal’s and the fans can’t stop laughing.

Earlier, Vaughan had tweeted: “BREAKING NEWS .. I have been blocked by @sanjaymanjrekar .. !!! #CWC19.”

ICC World Cup 2019: Fans go crazy as WWE star John Cena posts cryptic picture of Virat Kohli on his Instagram

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WWE champion John Cena created a buzz on social media when he posted a cryptic picture of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli on his Instagram. In the picture, Kohli can be seen extending his hand for a handshake.

Like many of Cena’s previous posts, this picture was also shared without a caption.

As the person on the other side is not visible, the photo created curiosity among fans, with many wondering whether the post signified that the wrestler, who is known for his catchphrase “You Can’t See Me’, was wishing Kohli for the 2019 World Cup.

“John Cena shaking hands with our team captain but u just can’t see him,” read one of the many comments on the viral post.

Here are how fans reacted to John Cena’s post:

This was, however, not the first time that the WWE star wrestler had posted a picture of Kohli. In 2016, he shared a picture of Kohli in the Indian jersey, with the words “Bleed Blue” in the background.

World Cup 2019, India vs New Zealand Semi-Final Reserve Day: Manchester Weather Forecast

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The first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 entered record books as it became the first-ever knockout match in entire World Cup history to enter the reserve day.

Rain played spoilsport on Tuesday (July 9) in the big-ticket semi-final between India and New Zealand as players were forced to leave the field at the Old Trafford in Manchester in the 47th over of the first innings.

Steady drizzle relentlessly continued and the match officials were forced to call off play on Tuesday.

The match will now continue at the same time, 9:30 AM GMT (3 PM IST) on Wednesday. New Zealand thus will continue their innings at 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs if there is no further rain delay on the reserve day.

According to AccuWeather, the chances of rain will be around 40 percent at the start of the game on Wednesday. It will soon cross the 50 percent mark but will gradually decrease and would hover between in the 30s. The cloud cover will be in the 60s but will increase gradually and will be in 90s as the game wears on.

The Duckworth-Lewis and Stern (DLS) method will come into play if there are rain interruptions on the reserve day.

However, if reserve day’s play is also washed out, India will go through to the final because of finishing above New Zealand in the league stage. India will have to play at least 20 overs for a result.

Here are more details of Manchester’s Weather:

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World Cup 2019 – WATCH: Virat Kohli imitates Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action and celebration at the Old Trafford

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Virat Kohli imitates Jasprit Bumrah

India’s disciplined bowling effort restricted New Zealand to 211-5 before rain stopped play with 3.5 overs of the innings left in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 – the same score New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was out for – and Tom Latham on three not out when persistent rain worsened sufficiently for the umpires to take the players off the field.

A video has emerged on the internet where the Indian skipper Virat Kohli can be seen imitating Jasprit Bumrah while training. Kohli was seen copying Bumrah’s bowling action and celebration in Manchester.

Here’s the video:

From a personal viewpoint, Kohli has had an excellent outing in the ongoing World Cup. Not only has he captained the Indian team to the semi-finals, but he has also done reasonably well as a batsman. India finished the league stage on top of the table with 15 points from nine matches. The Men in Blue beat Bangladesh by 28 runs at Edgbaston to book a berth in the semis.

Prior to the semis, Kohli had amassed 442 runs at an average of 63.14 with a top score of 82 against Australia at the Kennington Oval in the league stage. He will now try to help India win the trophy and bring back the joy and jubilation of the 1983 and 2011 World Cup.