India, who had topped the league stage, did not play their potential in the knock-out game to lose by 18 runs.
Chasing a modest target of 240, the Indian top order suffered a stunning batting collapse to leave the team reeling at 24 for four. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni’s (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but the latter’s run-out tilted the match in New Zealand’s favour.
At the post-match media conference, when asked about his feelings, Virat said: “Of course, very disappointed. We played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening… It breaks your heart because you have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum.
“Jadeja was playing so well and you needed a solid partnership and to get a 100-run partnership from that situation, I think it had to be the right balance of one guy holding an end (Dhoni) and Jadeja playing the way he did. His knock was outstanding,” the captain added.