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Gautam Gambhir's World Cup eye-opener for Cummins and Co. after India loss: ‘Australia possibly lost place in semis’

Recently, Gambhir praised Kohli for a game-changing knock during the World Cup against Australia.

After Australia made a fatal mistake in India's World Cup opener on Sunday, losing for a pitiful 12 runs, former Indian captain Virat Kohli made amends by helping the hosts win the game at Chepauk. Gautam Gambhir praised Kohli for his brilliant performance at the One Day International (ODI) World Cup, noting that his gutsy innings can teach young people an important lesson in absorbing pressure.

Gambhir had acknowledged that Kohli handled pressure during the low-scoring match against Australia (ANI-PTI)

After Jasprit Bumrah gave him a six-ball duck, Mitchell Marsh made one of the worst mistakes in cricket history when he dismissed Virat Kohli for twelve runs. Australian pacers reduced India to 2-3 before Kohli and KL Rahul led Rohit Sharma's team in a successful run chase. Even though Marsh has been cleared by Australia, former Indian batter Gambhir believes the all-rounder's error could harm India's chances of making it to the semi-finals, despite being the record-holders.

"Australia may have dropped out of the semifinals."

Gambhir's opinion, which came as a timely wake-up call for the five-time winners, suggested that Australia may have lost a spot in the ICC tournament. If India had been at 10-4 or 20-4, they would have been under a lot of pressure. It would have been impossible for India to chase down the target with a batsman like Kohli out of the game. Therefore, Gambhir told Sportsskeeda, "Australia not only lost the match due to that dropped catch, but they may have also lost a spot in the semifinals."

Australia has crucial matches to win in the World Cup.

After a brief diversion from wicketkeeper Alex Carey, Marsh allowed the ball to slip with Kohli down to just 12 runs. The former captain of India proceeded to break numerous records as Rahul-inspired At the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Team India defeated Australia by a margin of six wickets. India is slated to play Afghanistan in the World Cup, while Australia will next take on South Africa. Because of the nature of the World Cup, Australia may not make it to the semi-finals and may even finish outside of the top four as a result of this missed catch. Australia's upcoming games against the best teams will be must-win affairs after their defeat to India, Gambhir continued.