When Kohli had tears in his eyes

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Updated: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 12:03 [IST]
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When Kohli had tears in his eyes

Bangalore, Oct 4: It's clear that nobody was talking about India's thrilling one-run victory against South Africa after they failed to make it to the semi finals of the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

The atmosphere at the Indian dressing room was also sober, as the team wasn't happy with the win against South Africa after failing to qualify to the semifinals.

According to a report on indianexpress.com, the silence in the dressing room was broken by Virat Kohli as he started crying, having left the field with a heavy heart. Virat Kohli was seen crying on the field as Yuvraj and others consoled him after India failed to make it to the semifinals and continued to sob in the dressing room.

Despite Kohli's heroics in the tournament, the team crashed out of World T20. Kohli, who top scored with 185 runs off 5 matches with a strike rate of 122.51 and a highest score of 78 (not out) had not expected an early exit from the World T20, as he couldn't control his tears while facing the reality as India failed to restrict South Africa to a score less than 121.

Team India coach, Duncan Fletcher as well waited for a players to get back to normalcy, as they were also disturbed after having won 4 out of five matches in the tournament to be knocked out of World T20 in the Super Eights stage of the event.

While it was disheartening for any team, as four wins off five games would have been sufficient to enter the semifinals, a couple of close matches demanded another win, and a few more specifications.

Duncan Fletcher, who also knew that the team was not in a mood to handle the situation, felt they performed well but had to improve in a few areas, and appreciated seniors Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan who opted to sit out in a few matches during the tournament.

With many lows in Indian cricket after the World Cup triumph, especially during Duncan Fletcher's reign as Team India coach, many things have come under scanner including MS Dhoni's captaincy, senior's role, areas of improvement and many more.

While winning and losing is a part of the game, this tournament has helped India learn a few things. Can India take it in the right spirit and bounce back in the next tournament with the necessary changes?


Story first published:  Thursday, October 4, 2012, 11:38 [IST]
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