However, India's loss in the semi-final stage has shattered these hopes and has left the advertisers and the broadcaster in a lurch. But for the disappointed Indian fans, Kohli's men fought hard and that's something to cherish. The irony is both India and New Zealand are remarkably similar - both have great bowling attacks and rely on just 2-3 batsmen. The reaction of New Zealand legend Ian Smith and Sourav Ganguly in the commentary box was quite telling. "But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game". "Some very limited opportunistic FCT that could have been leveraged if India reached the final, might not happen now".
Tom Latham is set for the biggest game of his career in Sunday's Cricket World Cup final.
Williamson is confident despite a 119-run loss to England in the initial 10-team group stage. The International Cricket Council (ICC) did not immediately react but one official said that would mean one extra game.
"Also, it was pretty ordinary stuff when you had Bangar stating to the Indian media contingent that every player was available for selection when Shankar was ruled out early next morning on account of an injury sustained earlier on tour. In fact, Indian fans will choose a team to cheer in the finals". Desi fans are dejected, which is a given, but the spirit of cricket has bound them strongly and their faith in their favourite players remains intact.
In the rain-hit semifinal played over two days, New Zealand scored 239/8 in 50 overs after opting to bat.
"People can say they're frustrated with me but no one is more frustrated than what I am". They shared their emotions on their Twitter handles. The top gun of the 2015 World Cup has been a mere pop gun four years later. The Indian World Cup team is scheduled to return home on July 14 after losing to New Zealand in the semifinals. "A break is needed, no doubt, because nearly all these guys (players) have been on the go for months now", sources in the know said. "They are experienced enough as a group to know what is required". "It is easy to criticise from the outside when somebody loses and you are put on top when are winning. And hopefully they have lost the one they need to lose and can go one better".