India’s World Cup dreams came to an end. After an exceptional showcase of world class cricket throughout the tournament, the Men in Blue suffered a shocking 18-run defeat against New Zealand in a nail-biting semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester. New Zealand chose to bat first after winning the toss, and the Indian bowlers did a phenomenal wonder as India’s target reached only as high as 240. However, India suffered a top-order blow when they were three down in the first four overs. But hopes came back to life when Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat and joined MS Dhoni in the 31st over when India was reeling at 96 for 6. Jadeja scored 79 runs in 59 bowls and Dhoni scored a half century, and even if they lost, the two ace players as well as team India garnered respect from all over the world.
Twitter was buzzing as the Kiwis edged past India in the thriller semi-final and this is how they reacted.
💔 just like every 🇮🇳 supporter.
A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today.
Congrats to 🇳🇿 on making it to the Finals & all the best for the same.
I felt #KaneWilliamson’s captaincy & composure played a crucial role in this result.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3sUlW21cgN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2019
Congratulations to @BLACKCAPS on making it to the finals. Jadeja played an outstanding innings and got India in the game along with MS Dhoni, yet it was a case of so near yet so far #IndvNZ
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 10, 2019
A run out by a direct hit. One superb catch. Economical ten overs. And the best knock of his ODI career. It’s not fair to end up on the losing side…well played, Jadeja. #CWC19 #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 10, 2019
Congratulations to Kane Williamson and the @BLACKCAPS for making it to a second successive World Cup Finals. Ravindra Jadeja along with Dhoni fought brilliantly and got India so close but NZ were brilliant with the new ball and that was decisive. #IndvNZ
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 10, 2019
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.
Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
Whatever happens that was some innings from Jadeja
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) July 10, 2019
What an innings. One of the most spunky, in a World Cup semifinal. Jadeja 77 off 59. And a nerveless catch from Williamson under extreme pressure. #CWC19 #INDvNZ
— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) July 10, 2019
Is Dhoni going to get out of second gear before the last over. Heart in mouth stuff.
— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) July 10, 2019
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) July 10, 2019
I am not going to wait for the result to say “I am super proud of this team” #BleedBlue 🇮🇳 #CWC19
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) July 10, 2019
#TeamIndia, we stand with you in victory & defeat. You have played incredibly well, fought your hardest & made your country proud. #INDvNZ
— Congress (@INCIndia) July 10, 2019
Proud of you #TeamIndia .
Hey, you had a bad day; so what; Shit happens! The greatest of people have innumerable defeats so hang in there! We believe in you since you’ve succeeded many times & made us proud.
You have played brilliantly.
Lots of love & duas!
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) July 10, 2019
Hard luck team india .. played a very spirited game through the tournament 👏🏽👏🏽 the wicket of Dhoni and his walk back just broke my heart #INDvsNZ proud nonetheless 💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/iGCPhIhLEU
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) July 10, 2019
Watching @imVkohli answering questions at the press conf. Replying with poise, grace and wisdom. Guess he’d rather be with his teammates right now….but he’s doing his job brilliantly over here too. Must be tough. Great job Virat.#INDvNZL #INDvsNZ #CWC2019
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) July 10, 2019
My view – India is still the best one day international team.
It’s just that we’re not so good in two day internationals…..#INDvsNZ
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) July 10, 2019
We win some, we lose some, but it’s all about the sport & the spirit of the game that unites us all! Well played #TeamIndia!!@BCCI #WorldCupSemiFinal @cricketworldcup @ICC #IndvsNZ pic.twitter.com/WMpVxJVGNO
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) July 10, 2019
Hard luck #TeamIndia !
But we must also congratulate @imjadeja & @msdhoni for the fighting spirit shown in the #CCWorldCup2019 semifinal !
We were, are and will always be proud of you #TeamIndia !@cricketworldcup#INDvsNZ #INDvNZL
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 10, 2019
I DID , I DO & I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN MY TEAM INDIA!!! #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/QvHuS7YWs3
— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) July 10, 2019
Though they’re a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love & respect.
Congratulations to New Zealand on their well earned win, that gives them a place in the World Cup final. #INDvNZ #CWC19
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 10, 2019
You are a true legend of the game @msdhoni, @imjadeja what a brilliant knock !!!! Sad that we a lost today but proud of our Indian Team – & many congratulations to team New Zealand on their win.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 10, 2019
Respect and thank you team india for giving us everything. #NZvsIND
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 10, 2019
Very very proud of our team
All of them
As a whole
Or in bits and pieces
Always always always #BleedBlue
Well played u kiwis
Hope u win it all now #CWC2019 #INDvsNZ
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) July 10, 2019
Team India! 🇮🇳 We are proud of you. It was a rare bad day in office. Chin up. Well played. Well fought. #INDvNZ
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) July 10, 2019
If this was chased down:
Dhoni: Best finisher. Wow.
Pant: X factor. Wow.
Pandya: Kapil Dev is back. Wow.
VK: Chase master. Wow.
Rohit: Hitman. Wow.
Jadu: Sanju Manju is suxx. Wow
Rahul: Class. Wow.
So please spare the bull and be proud of the boys! They did well. #INDvNZ
— Danish Sait (@DanishSait) July 10, 2019
If only India had a couple more Bits & pieces cricketers …. !!! #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 10, 2019
India did not bat well enough to reach the final. A resilient effort by Jadeja & Dhoni. They almost brought India back into the game.
So a big upset, New Zealand goes through to final, India knocked out. #INDvsNZ #CWC19 #semifinal
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 10, 2019
We can still win this guys..believe in them.. support your team 🇮🇳 #INDvsNZ
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 10, 2019
Under pressure middle order needs to learn how to take singles and at the moment we are struggling to do that. This is why experience plays an important role, hopefully mahi can take us through . #INDvNZL
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 10, 2019
Dhoni has become the Nehru of Indian cricket.
The guy who got us our second WC is India's favourite punching bag.
No body is bothered about the dismal performance of the openers because you all are blind haters.
— Zainab Sikander (@zainabsikander) July 10, 2019
I hate to sound like an old school uncle( trollers will say aunt but it’s not about me) whn I say ..”nazar lag gayee..”the boys fought valiantly and had a great run! We must applaud their incredible journey..not just focus on the destination! #ICCCWC2019 @imVkohli and team INDIA
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 10, 2019
Win or Lose.. Fans will always be with u.. #Dhoni #Jadeja #TeamIndia #CSK pic.twitter.com/PXfNHiuDkd
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) July 10, 2019
Heartbroken at India's exit from the #CWC19
Nevertheless #Jadeja and #Dhoni put up a great fight to bring the game down to the wire.
It just wasn't our day!
Let's give credit to @imVkohli & his team for playing their hearts out !! #indiavsNewzealand
— Lokesh Nara (@naralokesh) July 10, 2019
Dear @imVkohli – absolutely no shame in this defeat !! We celebrate this Indian team performance all through this #CWC19 . You guys have been the best team in display !! We are proud of you and your team !! #kohli #jadeja #Dhoni #indiavsNewzealand #INDvNZ
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) July 10, 2019
Jaddu, My boy on fire! Way to go brother! We can do it 🙌 #Jadeja
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 10, 2019
Wow! He knocked the bits and pieces off the stumps. Important wicket! #Jadeja #NZvIND
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) July 9, 2019
5️⃣0️⃣ up for #Jadeja! And the sword celebration is out. He single-handedly has changed the course of this chase. What an innings this has been!#PlayBold #INDvNZ
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) July 10, 2019
Whatever happens, post this match, hopefully no one will ever have the audacity to call #Jadeja a “bits n pieces player” ever again🙌🏼 #INDvNZ #cwc19 #JadejaVsManjrekar
— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) July 10, 2019
There is always a but and an if. Nevertheless, he is Never the Less. 🦁💛 #WhistleForIndia #Thala #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/dcFXeBuI43
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 10, 2019
A solid fight from these two, but unfortunately, #TeamIndia's #CWC19 campaign ends here 😔
PC: BCCI#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/9742G4Jc4h
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) July 10, 2019
We lose sometimes & it hurts too, this just shows how precious victory is. But more precious is our ability to dust off the defeat, fix the reasons behind the defeat & bounce back to fight again. That’s wht makes us real champions
Loved the fighting spirit of @imjadeja & #Dhoni
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 10, 2019
I'm sad..!! Jus very sad.. #CWC19 #TeamIndia you deserved to be in the finals…🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 but it's a game and at the end of the day thank you for entertaining us nonetheless.we will always love you #dhoni..n support our team forever. #indiaforever #dhoniforever #thaladhoniforlife.. pic.twitter.com/NWlqXIkoaz
— varalaxmi sarathkumar (@varusarath) July 10, 2019
This is what sports is all about. Winning and losing so closely. In the end whoever played better wins.
Which is why no one’s wins all the time. But we thank #CricketWorldCup2019 #TeamIndia for their comeback. I loved it. But also felt sad that #Dhoni did not carry the day.
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) July 10, 2019
We tried. We fought. Till the end. And at the end, that's what matters. Well played Team India. We love you! #IndvNZ
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) July 10, 2019
Sad …South Asia lost the chance to get the cup , may be some lessons are learnt #India 😉hard luck , congrats #NewZealand well played 👏👏👏
— Asma Shirazi (@asmashirazi) July 10, 2019
Love and respect to our indian cricket team ALWAYS! in wins and in losses, we are with you 🇮🇳 well played boys!
— Baby Bedi (@sonakshisinha) July 10, 2019
#teamindia all the best for the future challenges. We are proud of you. Today was just #onebadday ! @msdhoni you and @imjadeja were so good🙏 #CricketWorldCup2019
— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) July 10, 2019
#INDvsNZL heart still aching
But well played Team India
We are proud of you @imVkohli and Team ❤️
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) July 10, 2019
.@imVkohli @BCCI #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/a9mCqYKSGo
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) July 10, 2019