Kohli insisted the defeat, which came after India won seven of nine group games, will eventually be dissected to work out what went wrong.
Jadeja and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, renowned as one of the game's great finishers, rekindled the hopes of the cricket-crazy nation with a fighting seventh-wicket century partnership but it wasn't enough as India, chasing 240 to win, fell 18 runs short.
Cricket-mad Indians tried today to come to terms with their shock World Cup exit, with the Times of India telling readers "The Sun will still rise tomorrow" and Ravindra Jadeja emerging as a new national hero. Everything has to be balanced, like we want it to be on the field. "We have to accept that and accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard".
Immediately after Pant's dismissal, TV cameras caught Kohli swiftly walking out of the Indian dressing room to have a chat with head coach Ravi Shastri. As for Pant, Kohli said he already understood his mistake but it was all part of the learning process for a 21-year-old player who had not even been an original selection in this, his first World Cup.
"In my watching Jadeja for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his top quality, like best knock according to me because the kind of pressure", Kohli said.
In his post-match interview, current India captain Virat Kohli announced that Dhoni had not informed his teammates of any decision he had taken regarding his future career. "It is very disappointing not turning up when the team wanted me to. That's the nature of the tournament, one bad day at this stage and you are out of this tournament".