It was curtains for India in the 2019 World Cup when Martin Guptill was able to hit the bullseye from square leg to dismiss MS Dhoni. The former skipper was India’s last ray of hope and it was heartbreaking for all the Indian fans. India had played top-class cricket throughout the tournament but 45 minutes of poor play was good enough to kick them out.
The next batsman to walk in after MS Dhoni’s dismissal was Yuzvendra Chahal, who has revealed that he was trying to hold back his tears when he went in to bat. The Indian team had done everything right till the semifinals and they were able to tick the right boxes except the league match against England.
It was heartbreaking for every Indian fan.
India was favorites to win against Blackcaps in the semifinal and they had also done a good job with the ball. However, they had their backs against the wall when they were reeling at 5-3. It was always going to be difficult to bounce back from that situation but Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni were able to keep India’s hopes alive.
“It was my 1st World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. and it was so depressing, We played so well for 9 games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. The rain wasn’t in our hands and so it won’t be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground.” Chahal said at an event hosted by India Today.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal stated that he wants to win at least one World Cup in his career. India hasn’t been able to win a major tournament since 2013 as they have not been able to win the knockout matches. India lost to West Indies in the semifinal of the 2016 T20 World Cup, lost to Pakistan in Champions Trophy final and then lost the semifinal to New Zealand in 2019 World Cup.
The focus is on next T20 World Cup.
“I want to continue for 5-6 years. In fact, I want to win at least one World Cup. I think the way we have been playing and how our team is shaping up currently, its a positive sign. We won in New Zealand, Australia, and West Indies and if we win the T20 World Cup next year, all the noise will die down,” said the Indian leg-spinner.
Yuzvendra Chahal has played only one ODI for the Indian team after the World Cup and he was not included for the T20I series against West Indies and South Africa.