Wins and defeats are part and parcel of the game. But when it comes to cricket, the cricket-obsessed fans of India always want their team to end up on the winning side. Indian fans are arguably the most demanding fans in the cricketing world. On Wednesday, they were left heartbroken after India’s exit from the World Cup.
India suffered a shocking 18-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the first semifinal in Manchester. The loss was perhaps not in the script as India were the firm favourites to win the game. The Men in Blue had finished the group stage at the top of the points table while New Zealand had finished at fourth and were lucky to make it to the last four.
But all the past records and pre-match talks did not make much difference as New Zealand turned out to be the better team in the game. The Black Caps clinched the crucial moments of the game to outplay their fancied opponents. Not many would have given New Zealand a chance of beating India after they finished on 239 for 8.
However, the Kiwis came up with a stunning display to win the game. India’s hopes were up in smoke right at the beginning of their innings when they were reduced to 5 for 3. Matt Henry and Trent Boult rocked India’s top-order in no time. While Henry sent back KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, Boult accounted for Virat Kohli.
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.
In the wake of the unexpected loss, the majority of the fans have relied behind the team. However, there are some who have not. In a shocking video which is going viral over the internet, some fans were seen burning the posters of MS Dhoni and Indian team. In the video, fans of different age groups were seen burning the posters while shouting anti-Dhoni and anti-Virat Kohli slogans.
Here is that video: