Conceding the fact that India lacked the presence of a strong middle order batsman, head coach Ravi Shastri pointed it out as one of the major reasons behind India's ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019.
"He hasn't told us anything", was Kohli's response to a query on Dhoni's future after the loss to New Zealand.
The current benchmark for captaincy in India was set by M.S. Dhoni, who led India to World Cup triumph in 2011. Sanjay Manjrekar wondered. The World Cup crisis is only getting worse.
"I'm still confident, Martin has a lot of big-match experience under his belt, he's scored a lot of 100s and very big 100s for New Zealand and he's done it in England in the past as well".
"But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game".
"But we're proud team, hopefully we've done our nation proud, but we know that we'll be up against it, just like we were against India".
Earlier, there was speculation that some Indian players will take a break after a gruelling seven weeks on the road during the World Cup.
"India must've taken New Zealand lightly, for nothing else explains this timid performance", said a Mumbaikar fan, who travelled to Manchester for the semi-final - and final. However, the BCCI's selection committee had settled with Vijay Shankar while deeming him as the "three-dimensional player".
The much hyped Hardik Pandya failed to live upto expectations and tossed away a great opportunity to build a legacy by helping India into the finals.
Following his omission from the provisional squad, India further lost as many as two players due to injury. From there the Black Caps' stranglehold on the match didn't relent, booking their spot in Sunday's final with an 18-run win. Now there are three matches in the knockout stage - two semifinals and one final. Twitteratties also started the #ThankYouMSD trend to paid a heartfelt tribute to former captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The absurdity wasn't even his fault because like Dhoni, this one man show has been dealing with a clueless high command making stupid decisions. "I wasn't surprised with how New Zealand played, to be honest".