Not just the fact that they were the favourites to lift the title but that they lost chasing a modest target against New Zealand that disappointed people the most.
"The team management should have groomed someone", Yuvraj Singh told Times of India. Finally, we don't know what their plan was for No. 4. Yuvraj expressed that if the team management had given someone a longer rope at the spot, they should've persisted with him for the tournament as well. He was quick to point out the case of Ambati Rayudu, who was overlooked as replacement when Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar were ruled out due to injuries. Dhoni hit first ball of 49th over for a six but was run-out on the next delivery, that ended the hopes of team India. Like in 2003 World Cup, we were playing New Zealand before the tournament, everybody was failing. "You are looking to go and play the World Cup and suddenly you don't find a place".
"It was disappointing to watch what they did with Rayudu". He got runs in New Zealand but after three or four bad innings, he got dropped.
Waugh also backed England to win the World Cup after their eight-wicket win over Australia in the semi, saying he believed it was their "time" to lift the trophy. With the ability to grind it out and hold one end up, fans and critics expected the former skipper to walk out, but to the surprise of everyone, the Indian team management sent in Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya above Dhoni. If No. 4 is a crucial position in ODI cricket, if you want someone to do well in that position, you will have to back him.
Photo Credit: Getty Images.While many have criticised Ravi Shastri for delaying Dhoni's arrival at the crease, a report in DNA suggests that it was Sanjay Bangar who took the decision to send Dhoni late. "You can't drop someone if he is unable to do well all the time", added the legendary batsman.