Last Update on: July 10th, 2020 at 12:28 pm
Ravindra Jadeja, on Friday, recalled Team India’s heartbreaking loss to New Zealand in the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup. The India allrounder had come up with a heroic performance but it was not enough as the Men in Blue suffered a shock 18-run loss to bow out of the competition.
India suffered the loss exactly a year ago in New Zealand. Chasing a modest 239, India were all out for 221. Ravindra Jadeja, nonetheless, drew praise from all over for his valiant fifty as well as his performance with the ball and as a fielder.
India had done well with the ball by restricting the Black Caps to 239 for 8. But when India came out to bat on the next day (reserve day), they were stunned by New Zealand’s pacers. India lost in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul with just 5 runs on the board. The match looked out of India’s grasp around the halfway mark in their innings, when they were tottering at 92 for 6 in the 31st over.
However, Ravindra Jadeja along with MS Dhoni revived the team’s hopes. Ravindra Jadeja scored a valiant 77-run knock in just 54 balls while sharing a hundred-plus stand with Dhoni. Prior to his heroics with the bat, he had impressed with the ball too, returning with impressive figures of one for 34 in his quota of 10 overs.
The allrounder tried everything to take India over the line but it was just not the day. And as the cricket world remembers that thrilling game on its 1-year anniversary, Ravindra Jadeja too recalled it. He took to Twitter to call the day ‘one of the saddest days’, writing:
“We try our best but still fall short sometimes. One of the saddest days!”
We try our best but still fall short sometimes 😔
One of the saddest days! #oneyearagotoday pic.twitter.com/1U3N3VYyYj
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 10, 2020