Ravi Shastri reveals the reason behind India's exit from ICC World Cup 2019

Team India's head coach Ravi Shastri is proud of the performance of the Men in Blue in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. He also revealed the major reason for India's exit from the premiere tournament
Ravi Shastri reveals the reason behind India's exit from ICC World Cup 2019Ravi Shastri reveals the reason behind India's exit from ICC World Cup 2019
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Team India's ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign came to an end after they lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday. Head coach Ravi Shastri accepted the fact that the presence of a strong middle-order batsmen in the line-up as one of the main reasons behind India's exit from the World Cup. Chasing 240 for a spot in the final, their key batsmen KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli got out for one run each and later, the middle-order was not able to handle the pressure of the semis.

Ravi Shastri said, " In hindsight, yes, we did need a solid batsmen out there in the middle order. But now, that's something for the future. That's a position that was always giving us problems, but we just couldn't nail it. Rahul was there but then Shikhar Dhawan got injured. Then Vijay Shankar was there, and he got injured. We just couldn't control it."

When asked about whether the team management considered the option of drafting Mayank Agarwal into the side in place of Vijay Shankar and allowing KL Rahul to come back at four, Shastri said, "Not really, because it got too tight. By the time Mayank came to join us, there wasn't much time. If there was one more game, that is, if this semi-final was a game later, we would have definitely done it. He flew in, and Rahul had just hit a 60, and then a hundred."

However, the head coach was proud of the performance of his boys in the premier tournament. "Walk out with your heads held high. Be proud. Those 30 minutes can't erase the fact that you guys have been the best team in the last couple of years. You guys know it. One tournament, one series and that too, 30 minutes of play can't decide that. You guys have earned that respect. Of course, we are all hurt and disappointed but, in the end, be proud of what you have done for the last two years."

Currently, the head coach has received a 45-day extension till the West Indies tour.  

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India lost because New Zealand was the better team- get over it.

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