"There had to be a good balance in the team, if one is striking the ball well, the other has to play second fiddle".
"For a while it looked like he (Dhoni) would turn back the clock and script another great escape, but that was not to be", wrote the Indian Express under the headline "The un-finisher".
Chasing a modest target of 240, the Indian top order suffered a stunning batting collapse to leave the team reeling at 24 for four.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had been India's consistent performers with the bat in World Cup 2019 but their rare failure came in the biggest match of their campaign so far. I have always been a supporter of New Zealand and I hope they win the tournament. That (retirement) is his personal decision.
"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. The youngsters in the team still need his mentorship, " Edulji, herself a former India captain, added. The Indian fans have been known for angry - often irrational - outbursts after the team's losses.
"In a crunch moment like this you would think of promoting Dhoni and control the game".
"Miracle in Manchester", several media outlets used as the headlines for their online reports on Thursday, with special praise reserved for a one-handed catch by James Neesham and a run out by Martin Guptill that swung the game in their favour. "Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day", Khanna said. Dhoni's declining hitting power in global cricket had been evident for quite some time but India failed to utilise his main asset in the semi-final after things went wrong for the top-order.
New Zealand had managed to seal a semifinal berth by the skin of their teeth, pipping Pakistan due to a superior net run-rate, and headed to the clash against India on the back of a three-match losing streak. By bits and by pieces, he just proved me wrong on all fronts.