Johannesburg: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has admitted that his team's defeat against Pakistan was crucial to team's early exist from the Champions Trophy.
India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament and then their second game was washed out due to rain, leaving Team India in a shaky situation.
Even though India thrashed West Indies by seven wickets in their last match, Australia stormed into the semi-finals by beating Pakistan in a thrilling contest.
"I think the first game we didn't play to our potential.
"The loss in the first game was very crucial. To our bad luck, the game against Australia was washed out. We could have easily won that game."