ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar revealed the cricketing fraternity in praising the fighting spirit of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand on yesterday, but he also said that the Indian cricket team batting can't always rely on the famed top-order to deliver the goods.
"I am disappointed because we should have chased 240 without any doubt. It wasn't a big total. Yes, New Zealand got off to a dream start by picking those three wickets upfront," Tendulkar said.
"But I feel that we can't be all the time relying on Rohit Sharma to give a good start or Virat Kohli to come and make sure that a solid foundation is built. Players around them also will have to take more responsibility," the batting maestro told India Today.
He also lauded New Zealand's incisive bowling display and skipper Kane Williamson's tactical moves. "There came a stage where New Zealand kept things simple. If you saw their fast bowlers, they didn't try too much upfront. They just bowled in the right areas, right channels and got those wickets," he said.
"I felt Kane Williamson's captaincy was incredible."
New Zealand cricket team doing a brilliant bowling performance to upset India with an 18-run victory in their rain-affected ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final yesterday and go through the final at Lord's on Sunday.
New Zealand add 28 runs to their overnight score from 23 balls to finish on 239/8 - a modest total India would have been confident of chasing down with ease. But the Kiwis bowling attack turned the game around, taking three wickets in the opening 19 balls with tournament top scorer the Hitman Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all dismissed for one.
From a terrible position of 24-4, however, Indian cricket team got themselves back in the game thanks to a superb 116-run seventh-wicket partnership between MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77), only to be bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.
Now, The Black Caps New Zealand cricket team will face the winner of today's semi-final between England and Australia in Sunday's final at Lords.