Yuzvendra Chahal reveals his exact emotions after MS Dhoni got out during India's WC semi-final loss
On July 10, 2019, Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team bowed out of the 2019 World Cup with a heartbreaking 18-run loss against eventual runners-up New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester. It was a devastating day in Indian cricket as plenty of dreams were shattered following India's poor display in pursuit of a modest target of 240.
Chasing 240, India were pushed to the back foot courtesy Trent Boult and Matt Henry's early strikes. Hence, the Men in Blue were reduced to 5 for 3, further to 71 for 5 and 92 for 6. When all hopes were shattered, former skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja put on a show as the duo combined to add a fighting 117-run stand for the seventh wicket before Kiwis emerged on top in the death overs.
However, it was still a gettable target for the two-time winners until Dhoni was at the crease. Nonetheless, a magnificent direct throw from Martin Guptill resulted in the batsman's run-out in the penultimate over and sealed the outcome of the clash.
Revealing on what he felt on seeing Dhoni walk back to the pavilion, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal stated, "It was my 1st World Cup and when Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) got out and I was going in (to bat), I was trying to hold back my tears. It was so depressing. He added, "We played so well for 9 games but suddenly we were going out of the tournament. The rain wasn't in our hands and so it won't be right to say anything (about the interruption). It was the first time that we really wanted to go back to the hotel as soon as possible from the ground."
The duo wasn't a force to reckon with in the 50-over World Cup, but Chahal performed much better than his partner. Currently, Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are not a part of the T20I squad. Speaking on his future goals, Chahal said, "I want to continue for 5-6 years. I want to win at least one World Cup. I think the way we have been playing and how our team is shaping up currently, its a positive sign. We won in New Zealand, Australia and West Indies and if we win the T20 World Cup next year, all the noise will die down.
On being sidelined from the shortest format, the 29-year-old remains unfazed and feels the competition will only make him a better cricketer. "Your job is to perform. When we (Kuldeep and me) came, we performed really well. After IPL, our bench strength has got pretty strong too. Now if the team management is trying good talent, it is good that you know that there is competition and you have to work harder. You can't stay away from cricket."
At present, Team India are gearing up for a three-match Test series versus South Africa, starting from October 2. The national side is on their toes to manage the workload of their key players given the ongoing ICC Test Championship and preparations for World Twenty20 (WT20) 2020 in full swing.