With that run out in the 49th over, India's hopes ended in the tense semifinal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
The right-hander amassed 648 runs in nine matches, including a world record five hundreds.
In a tragic incident in West Bengal, a 33-year-old man allegedly died of a cardiac arrest shortly after MS Dhoni fell to a direct hit by Martin Guptill during the semifinal.
A scribe told him that he met angry Indian fans outside the stadium after their semi-final loss and his reply, filled with warmth, could win hearts instantly.
Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni's (50) seventh-wicket partnership put India back in the game but the latter's run-out tilted the match in New Zealand's favour.
Sambaru Bhoi got upset after he lost a bet to his friend, and consumed pesticide.
A video has emerged on Twitter which has sparked a debate over the legality of the delivery in which Dhoni fell.
Never before did the first three batsmen of a team got out for one run each in a match.
A fragile middle-order with over-the-hill players completely ill-equipped to handle pressure situations outside the sub-continental conditions, has been the current team's biggest weakness.
Kane Williamson and the Kiwis focussed on getting to 240-250 before banking on their formidable bowling attack.
This is something the powers that be must ponder while taking stock.
Rishabh Pant threw away his wicket buy going after Mitchell Santner at a crucial juncture, further compounding India's problems.
Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top.
Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik were sent ahead of Dhoni when India were positioned precariously at five for three and later 24 for four.
A visibly disappointed Tendulkar said Indian batsmen made a mountain out of a mole hill during their 240-run chase.