India’s hopes of winning the cricket World Cup 2019 ended yesterday as the Indian team was defeated by New Zealand in the first semi-final of the tournament. Indians were among the favourites to win the tournament and it won’t be incorrect to say that they played like champions, winning all their league matches except the match against England.
The target given by the New Zealand team was 240 which was not a difficult one for team India considering the fact that they have some world-class batsmen who can chase far bigger targets than this in a comfortable manner. However, the Indian innings started badly and the first three top-order batsmen, i.e., Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul and Virat Kohli, departed when the score was just 5. Dinesh Karthik also departed soon and although Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried to turn the tables, they also failed.
However, two Indian batsmen who indeed need to be praised for their efforts are M S Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. They tried their best to win the match for the country but it seems that it was a bad day for India and NZ seized the match by defeating the Indian team by 18 runs.
Social media was obviously flooded with reactions over this; while few were busy criticising the Indian players, there were many who were supporting team India despite their loss in the match. #IStandWithTeamIndia started trending on the micro-blogging site Twitter as fans made tweets, showing their support towards the Indian cricketers and hailing them as champions.
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Not just common public but Bollywood celebrities and politicians including the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also praised efforts of the Indian team and cheered them up after the heart-wrenching loss.
Here are some reactions from the celebrities:
A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end.
India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud.
Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
Though they’re a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love & respect.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 10, 2019
T 3221 – INDIA INDIA INDIA .. !!!!🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 .. what a game you played WC 2019 TEAM .. you fought and played like CHAMPIONS !! The PLUCK you showed was a mirror of your capacity .. YOU ARE STILL THE GREATEST and the BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD !!👏👏👏👏👏 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 10, 2019
Thank you #IndianCricketTeam for your game & your efforts. You played very well. You bind us together. You bring out the Indian in us. In fact You bring out the tricolour in us. You will always be our Heroes. We love you. 🙏😍🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/ArwdoroPmF
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) July 10, 2019
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) July 10, 2019
Respect and thank you team india for giving us everything. #NZvsIND
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 10, 2019
Love and respect to our indian cricket team ALWAYS! in wins and in losses, we are with you 🇮🇳 well played boys!
— Baby Bedi (@sonakshisinha) July 10, 2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 10, 2019
Team India! 🇮🇳 We are proud of you. It was a rare bad day in office. Chin up. Well played. Well fought. #INDvNZ
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) July 10, 2019
I hate to sound like an old school uncle( trollers will say aunt but it’s not about me) whn I say ..”nazar lag gayee..”the boys fought valiantly and had a great run! We must applaud their incredible journey..not just focus on the destination! #ICCCWC2019 @imVkohli and team INDIA
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) July 10, 2019
As these thumbs sadly type the unthinkable, its only fair to applaud New Zealand for this outstanding effort👏👏👏. They read it better they worked it better.
Thank you India for the pride and cheers throughout. Including this fight back. 🙏🙏.#INDvsNZ #cwc2019
— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) July 10, 2019
— Bipasha Basu (@bipsluvurself) July 10, 2019
Loved supporting our #teamindia you guys played awesome cricket. Just not our day today. I can’t imagine how distraught you guys must be feeling. Thank you for all the wonderful matches you played. Gave us so much to cheer. Love my team. #TeamIndia
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) July 10, 2019
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