Mumbai: Star India batsman KL Rahul said the heartbreaking World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand, especially after a near-perfect show in the group stages, continues to haunt him and his teammates.
In a special chat show, The Mind Behind, Rahul said if he was given a chance to change the result of any one match in the past, it would surely have been the 2019 World Cup semifinal.
"It has to be the World Cup semifinal. I think most of us are still not over that loss, it is still haunts us sometimes," he said.
"I can't imagine what the senior players must have felt but you know in a World Cup it just becomes even harder knowing that we played so well in the entire tournament. I still wake up to that nightmare sometimes."
India were perhaps the most dominant side in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup, winning each of their matches except the one against hosts England.
The Virat Kohli-led side were the favourites going into the semi-final against eventual runner-up New Zealand but lost the crucial contest by 18 runs.
Just like other Indian cricketers, Rahul too is currently enjoying a rare break from the game because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Let me talk about myself. I've just been sitting and doing some homework. I've been watching some videos from the past and taking notes of the things I was doing right and where I could improve," he signed off.
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Rahane didn't play India's first-class game against Select County XI because of a "mild swelling around his left upper hamstring."
India were bundled out for a meagre 225 with Sri Lankan spinners Akila Dananjaya (3/44) and Praveen Jayawickrama (3/59) wreaking havoc in the middle overs.
India are unlikely to make changes as they would like to pocket the series before giving chances to other youngsters in the squad.