Virat Kohli has defended MS Dhoni after the India legend received criticism for his performance in the World Cup defeat to England.
Hosts England posted 337-7 at Edgbaston, with Jonny Bairstow scoring a century and Ben Stokes and Jason Roy posting fifties.
In reply, India fell 31 runs short despite Rohit Sharma making his third ton of the tournament and Kohli scoring 66.
Dhoni came to the crease at 226-4, with India needing 112 off 65 balls, and eventually finished on 42 not out from 31 balls.
Pakistan fans, desperate for their arch-rivals India to beat England to boost their own semi-final hopes, took to social media to criticise Dhoni but Kohli has defended the former captain.
Asked about India’s subdued finish to their innings, Kohli said: ‘It’s up to the discussions with the two guys in there.
‘MS was trying really hard to get the boundaries. It wasn’t easy because they were bowling really well.
‘When the run-rate got to 14-15 it became tough. We will sit down and assess and try to improve in the next game.’
India’s defeat was their first of this campaign and resulted in Sri Lanka joining Afghanistan, West Indies and South Africa in exiting the World Cup.
Kohli added: ‘Every team has lost a game or two here and there. England were better on the day.
‘No one likes to lose but you have to take it in your stride and understand that the opposition played better on the day.
‘They were more clinical in the executions of their plans. We have to accept that. The mood is the same – it’s a setback and we have to brush it aside and move forward.’