India faced defeat against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals. Needless to say, the nation was saddened and so was the team. But the one thing that no one can take away from us is that we played exemplary cricket throughout the tournament and showed true sportsmanship. The Men in Blue were no less than a pack of wolves –be it their strength or bond. And why not, this pack had an able leader, their captain, Virat Kohli, who pushed everyone to the best of their abilities.
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Firstly I want to thank all our fans who came in huge numbers to support the team. You made it a memorable tournament for all of us and we felt the love showered upon the team for which we are very grateful. We are all disappointed and share the same emotions as you. We gave everything we had. Have to accept this and move forward. Jai hind 🇮🇳
In the press conference held after the match, Virat Kohli addressed the media. If you haven’t watched the interview yet, you must; Kohli proved once again that he truly is a phenomenal captain, both, on and off the field. He took the defeat in stride and handled the questions with dignity. He displayed true qualities of how a leader should be and all of us can really take away lessons from the way he conducted himself.
5 Lessons to take away from Captain Kohli:
• Appreciate/Acknowledge your opponent’s strengths.
“Difficult to take it – but New Zealand deserve it. Our shot selection could have been better, but we played a good standard of cricket throughout. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it” said Kohli
• If you feel disappointed/dejected, accept it and move forward.
“It’s tough, 45 minutes of bad cricket put you out of the tournament” – Kohli
• Don’t forget to acknowledge your team’s overall effort because of one failure and always stick up for them.
• Always analyze your shortcomings and formulate a plan of how to overcome them in the future.
• Accept your faults –don’t cover them up. Failures are part and parcel, handle them with grace and dignity.
“The first half, we were very, very good. We got what we needed at that point. We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a chaseable score but the way they came out with the ball was what made the difference. The game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes when we were batting” – Virat said at the match presentation ceremony
We finished off being the first on the table, and it’s definitely gonna come home next time. #BleedBlueForever!