Virat Kohli not against IPL-style playoffs in World Cup

Kane Williamson says New Zealand deserve their place in the final four at the World Cup

Boult and Henry shared five wickets while spinner Mitchell Santner claimed two in a tight display to snuff out India's hopes.

Asked whether IPL-style playoffs should be an option in future, Kohli said, "Who knows in future".

The Indian skipper, however, said the semifinal format has its own charm as it completely negates a team's previous performances in the event.

"There's so much more to winning and losing and I think it's really, really important that as a side you identify parts of matches where you may have not done things that well - and try and move away with a bit of clarity, so you are not too perhaps scarred or dented from just what the result was", explained Williamson. It doesn't matter what you have done before that. "To just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening", Kohli told reporters. What can I say about the way in which they played?

Subscribe to India Today for NEW VIDEOS EVERY DAY and make sure to enable Push Notifications so you'll never miss a new video. It was a case of so close but yet so far. I still feel that he has a lot of cricket left in him.

"The sun will still rise tomorrow", was the main headline on the sports page of India's largest selling English daily The Times of India, while the Hindustan Times described the team's failed attempt to win a third title as the "Knockout Blues". "So he was very motivated", he said.

This has been a woeful tournament with the bat for the opener, with Guptill - the leading run-scorer at the 2015 World Cup - out for just one, his fifth single score in this edition, when the rain-interrupted game began on Tuesday.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson believed those defeats served a vital goal - providing the side with an opportunity to re-assess where they had gone wrong, and the areas they needed to improve.

"But credit to the New Zealand bowlers, the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very hard for our batsmen". That shows the kind of control they bowled with and they put the fielders in the right positions and that was a flawless spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which really put us under a lot of pressure.

"New Zealand know they are not one of the best sides in the world, but they play fair", he revealed.