If there was man in the Indian team who deserved to lay his hands on the World Cup trophy more than anyone than he was Rohit Sharma. The India star gave it his all in the World Cup but it was just not enough for him to take the team all the way. Rohit Sharma had a rare failure with the bat on Wednesday as he was out for just 1 against New Zealand.

His opening partner KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli also 1 each as New Zealand beat India by 18 runs in the semifinal. Chasing 239, India were reeling at 5 for 3 and then 92 for 6. It looked all over for the Men in Blue at that stage before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni joined hands to bail India out of trouble. The two went on to share a 116-run stand to revive India’s hopes.

However, Jadeja fell in the 48th over and Dhoni followed him to the pavilion in the 49th as India were all out for 221. This was the second time in a row that India exited the World Cup at the semifinal stage. The defeat ended Rohit Sharma’s fairytale run in the tournament. Rohit Sharma was in sublime touch in the tournament.

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

With 647 runs from 9 games, he is still the leading run-scorer in the tournament. In 9 innings, he scored 5 centuries and one fifty. Rohit Sharma will now have to wait for at least four more years to try and win the World Cup. And after the heartbreaking exit, he left a heartfelt message for his millions of fans.

Almost a day after the loss, Rohit Sharma took to Twitter to rue the ’30 minutes of poor cricket’ and thanked the fans as he wrote:

“We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday & that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too.The support away from home was incredible.Thank you all for painting most of uk blue wherever we played ??”