India’s journey in World Cup 2019 came to a disappointing end. New Zealand beat India by 18 runs in the first semifinal to dump them out of the competition. This was the second time in a row that India exited the World Cup at the semifinal exit. India’s top-order just could not turn up on the big day which eventually became the reason for the team’s exit.
India were looking well on their way to the final after restricting New Zealand to a modest 239 for 8. The target was tricky but given the form the Indian batsmen were in, it looked like they would not have much problem. However, the cricketing world was about to get a big shock. Even before the fans could settle down for India’s innings, the Indian top-order was back in the hut.
India’s top three was back in the hut with the scoreboard reading just 5 runs. India soon found themselves 4 down for 24 and then 6 down for 92. The game looked very much over at that moment before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni revived India’s hopes. The two mixed caution with aggression to keep India in hunt. However, they were out at crucial junctures and India were eventually all out for 221. Both Jadeja and Dhoni scored fighting fifties but their efforts were not just enough to take India across the line.
Following the defeat, images of a crying photographer started circulating on social media. The pictures was a collage showing the crying photographer and MS Dhoni as if it tried to imply that the former was heartbroken after the latter’s dismissal. Thousands of fans shared that picture across social media.
Photo lene vala bhi rone laga or photo dene vala bhi rone laga..#DhoniForever #Dhoni @msdhoni @saumikpatel1 @imVkohli @ImRo45 @hardikpandya7 @imjadeja #INDvsNZ #heartbeat #CWC19 i love my all players??❤❤❤❤.. pic.twitter.com/bE726Iwn99
— ႮℳᗅℕᏀ ℙᗅͲℰし?امنگ (@Umangpatel023) July 11, 2019
Well, not everything that you see on social media is true and the picture of the crying photographer is definitely not true. The photographer did cry but not for MS Dhoni or even during the ongoing World Cup. He cried when his football team, Iraq crashed out of the Asian Cup earlier this year.
Here is the tweet from the tournament’s official Twitter handle:
— #AsianCup2023 (@afcasiancup) January 24, 2019