How the Black Caps turned around their World Cup losing streak

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Kohli was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each.

"Rohit conveyed to Jadeja the emotions of all Indian fans".

The defeat to New Zealand in Wednesday's semi-final came after a top-order batting collapse had left them teetering at 24-4.

Kohli lauded Ravindra Jadeja's valiant knock of 77 that gave New Zealand a scare.

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.

"The sun will still rise tomorrow", was the main headline on the sports page of India's largest selling English daily The Times of India, while the Hindustan Times described the team's failed attempt to win a third title as the "Knockout Blues".

At 5 for 3 after 19 balls, India's soft underbelly - their middle order - was brought into play earlier than at any other stage of the tournament. It showed that there were six New Zealand fielders outside the inner circle while only five fielders are allowed. "That's the nature of the tournament, one bad day at this stage and you are out of this tournament". He's still young. I made many errors when I was young in my career and he will learn, he will look back and think, yes, he could have chosen a different option in that situation and he realises that already. "The way they played after the loss of four wickets rather, was quite commendable". I am sure our team will work hard and come up with more success in future. "They don't sledge, they don't irritate the opposition, they just focus on doing the job and they have a very good sportsman's spirit".

Dhoni has endured a mixed World Cup, with a number of his innings drawing criticism from the fans and former cricketers.

A familiar script was followed in their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval. "It is very disappointing not turning up when the team wanted me to". Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day. India's succumbing to a "black kiwi" moment at Old Trafford, Manchester, and being eased out of the Cricket World Cup, is one such "black swan" event Indian fans are having to deal with and gulp down.

"You finish No. 1 in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and then you are out of the tournament completely".

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