India’s dream of lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s on July 14 got shattered on Wednesday as the Men in Blue suffered a 18-run defeat against New Zealand in a nail-biting semi-final at Old Trafford, ManchesterChasing 240, India suffered a top-order order collapse as they were three down in the first 4 overs of the second innings. However, it was Ravindra Jadeja, who came in to bat at No. 8, kept hopes alive for India.Ravindra Jadeja walked out to bat when India had lost Hardik Pandya for 32 in the 31st over and joined MS Dhoni when India were reeling at 92 for 6.The bowling all-rounder played a valiant 59-ball 79 innings to garner respect from fans as well as crictics.Former India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who had called Ravindra Jadeja a ” bits and pieces cricketer’ also appreciated the left-hander for his brave knock.Sanjar Manjrekar wrote on Twitter, “Well played Jadeja” and added a wink at the end of his tweet.Well played Jadeja!Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2019Ravindra Jadeja had not played in the first 8 matches of India’s World Cup campaign barring some occasional appearances as substitute fielder.However, Jadeja was included for India’s final group-stage match against Sri Lanka.Jadeja was involved in controversy as he had strongly replied to Sanjay Manjrekar after the former India cricketer-turned commentator called him a “bits and pieces” cricketer.”I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” Manjrekar had said.Ravindra Jadeja was far from impressed with Manjrekar’s analysis and took to Twitter to say that he has had enough of Manjrekar’s ‘verbal diarrhoea’.Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal [email protected] jadeja (@imjadeja) July 3, 2019In a post match presentation, India captain Virat Kohli also lauded Jadjea for his crucial innings.”Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performances that are a huge positive. New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure,” Kohli said.India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand stormed to their second successive title clash. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 4 years later, they will wait to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14.For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup campaign. After dominant performances in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years ago, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India finished on top of the group stage only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.Also SeeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from
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