While the exciting ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is still fresh in our memory, Friday (10th July) was the one-year anniversary of India’s elimination from that tournament in the semi-final. Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, who played a significant role in that game, reacted on Friday on the mark one-year anniversary of that match.
The two-time World Cup winners India were one of the favourites to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India also played dominantly in the League Stage of that tournament as they finished on top of the points table with 15 points after winning seven out of nine matches (lost once and one had no result).
In the first semi-final of that tournament, India met the fourth-placed team in the final points table New Zealand at Old Trafford (Manchester), which was originally scheduled on 9th July 2019. After winning the toss, when New Zealand were batting on 211/5 in 46.1 overs, the rain interrupted that game and forced the game to move on the next day (10th July), which was the official reserve-day of that match.
The Indian team restricted New Zealand to 239/8 (50 overs) in the early period of the reserve day. In reply, the Indian team had a horrific start as all the first three batsmen (Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli) were dismissed after scoring just one run each. The struggling period was continuing for the Indian team as they were battling on 5/3, 24/4, 71/5 and 92/6.
While MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were the last hopes for the Indian team, they batted impressively, and they were slowly stretching the scoreboard to the target. Dhoni and Jadeja brilliantly put the 116 runs partnership for the seventh wicket and that partnership brought back the hope of the Indian fans.
In the 48th over, when the left-handed batsman Jadeja scored 77 runs off just 59 balls (4 fours and 4 sixes), he was caught out at the long-off by the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson.
Just a few balls later of that big wicket, New Zealand cricketer Martin Guptill brilliantly ran out another Indian set batsman MS Dhoni (50 runs off 72 balls), who was famous for very successful finishing, and that run out opened up the chance for New Zealand’s victory. Finally, the Blackcaps won that match by 18 runs after bowling out the Indian team for 221 runs (49.3 overs).
One of the saddest days: Ravindra Jadeja
On the one-year anniversary of that game, Ravindra Jadeja tweeted, “We try our best but still fall short sometimes 😔 One of the saddest days! #oneyearagotoday”
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) July 10, 2020
Ravindra Jadeja only played two matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, the all-rounder still put a special mark in that tournament with his impressive fielding, which he always maintained as a substitute fielder. But that semi-final knock took him to the special position in the cricket world.
That semi-final game was also the last recognised cricket match for MS Dhoni, who then has continuously made himself unavailable for the selection in the Indian team. Though he was ready to return to the IPL 2020 as the captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the postponement of this tournament amid coronavirus outbreak has forced to delay his return to the game.