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Despite defeat, Modi, Mahindra boss stand by Men in Blue, Lata Mangeshkar requests Dhoni not to retire

Team India got off to a shaky start as the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand resumed on Recovery Day. Chasing a score of 240 runs set by the Black Caps, the Men in Blue began their innings on a heartbreaking note with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul all getting out in quick succession. The initial score of 5-3 before a catch by Neesham left the 2011 champions in trouble at 24-4 came as a shock from Old Trafford.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya stitched together a partnership of 47 runs, before a surprising 116-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni brought hope back to the millions of Indians sitting with their fingers crossed. But Jadeja's dismissal in the 48th over, and Dhoni's run out four balls later left fans in low spirits; with the Indian team eventually being bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.

While heartbreaks and tears followed, Twitter also applauded the team's sportsman spirit, even as skipper Virat Kohli shared a post saying, "we are all disappointed & share the same emotions as you. We gave everything we had."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called wins and losses a part of life, adding that it was 'good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end'.

Mahindra Group boss Anand Mahindra, who has an inside joke with his Twitter followers about being unlucky for the team when he watches India play, had earlier replied to a fan that he wasn't watching the game. After India's loss, Mahindra once again took to the micro-blogging site, this time to applaud the Men in Blue for fighting like Titans till the end, despite having fallen like 'Humpty Dumpty at the start'.

He went on to say that 'sport reminds us that despite all the odds being in our favour, the universe doesn’t play by our rules'.

RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka continued to call India the best ODI team, adding humour to the situation when he said that 'we're just not so good in Two Day Internationals'.

Dhoni and Jadeja received much appreciation and love on social media.

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, referring to rumours of MSD's retirement, requested the former captain not to think about hanging his boots, saying that the country needs him.

She also dedicated a song penned by Gulzar to Team India.

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar while being heartbroken like every Team India supporter credited MSD and Jadeja for putting up a 'good fight'. Virender Sehwag also celebrated their partnership, saying, "Jadeja played an outstanding innings and got India in the game along with MS Dhoni."

Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif applauded Jadeja for playing the 'innings of his life'.

Yuvraj Singh, too, was active on Twitter, defending Rishabh Pant when former England captain Kevin Pietersen tweeted about was Pant's game. Responding to the tweet, the former all-rounder was quick to point out to Pietersen that Pant had only played 8 ODIs and will get better with time.

Not just India Inc, politicians and sports stars, B-town also sent across the love in full force.

Amitabh Bachchan thanked the 'champions' saying they are 'still the greatest and the best team in the world'.

Actor Aamir Khan said it 'just wasn't our day today', and chose to shine a light on India playing their best game in the tournament, saying, "For me, India had already won the World Cup when we qualified for the semis at the top of the list as the no 1 team"

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Arjun Rampal took to Twitter to agree with Khan, writing it wasn't our day today.

While Anupam Kher thanked India for the game and effort, Swara Bhasker tweeted saying 'we still love you'.

Rahul Bose thanked the Men in Blue for the 'skill, the intensity and the sportsmanship', and Suniel Shetty reiterated his belief in the team.

The most-clinical finisher in Indian cricket: 5 times MS Dhoni rescued team India

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Not Captain But Still Cool

25 Aug, 2017
Mahendra Singh Dhoni managed to snatch yet another victory for India as a successful eighth-wicket stand between Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped the team beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in a rain-affected second one-day international in the ongoing series. A veteran at the death, the former skipper proved once again that he still remains one of the finest finishers in the game. Here are some other instances when MS Dhoni rescued a game from the jaws of the opposition:

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