Team will work hard and come up with more success in future: BCCI acting president
Ravindra Jadeja (left) and MS Dhoni (AFP Photo)

BCCI acting president CK Khanna has praised Indian cricket team for the way they fought back against New Zealand in the world cup semi-final on Wednesday, a match they eventually lost to be knocked out.

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The contest, which was split into two days due to rain interruption, turned out to be a close one with India recovering from 92/6 in chase of 240 thanks to blistering fifty from allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and a calm half-century from veteran MS Dhoni.

However, India were bowled out for 221 with New Zealand entering a second straight world cup final.

Khanna said the team will work harder and come back stronger while conveying his wishes. “It was a tough game and I think our boys played their hearts out,” Khanna said in a media release on Thursday. “No one wants to lose a game. Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day. Team India under Virat Kohli played brilliant cricket in league phase. I am sure our team will work hard and come up with more success in future. Congratulations to New Zealand team. I wish them all the best.”

India topped the league stage winning seven of their nine matches with one being washed out. The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.