DUBAI: India (110/7) was defeated by New Zealand (111/2) by 8 wickets in the Super 12. The players’ performances were dubbed extremely low and embarrassing for both their captain, Virat Kohli, as well as the fans.
India will next face Afghanistan in their third match on November 3 in Abu Dhabi. They now need to win their remaining 3 games and depend on other results to stay alive.
“India look timid and don’t look like a side that can play without any fear at the moment,”Simon Doull (post-match on Star Sports)
Social media platforms were flooded with a cold run down towards the team with tags like #IndiaVsNewZealand #captaincy #BanIPL #Panauti (bad luck) etc. trending the most. Fans didn’t stop at just criticism but poked fun at the team for one of the most horrendous performances in 22 years of cricket history.
The BCCI tried to lift the atmosphere up by tweeting optimistically which didn’t suit many fans as well.
Need Players Not Stars was a trending topic on Twitter where fans confessed how they think the players of the contemporary cricket scene show more proclivity towards fame and missed yesteryears’ master players like Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj.
A dispirited captain, Virat Kohli, too showed his disappointment in his team, saying that they hadn’t been brave enough in their approach in a humiliating 8-wicket defeat at the hands of clinical New Zealand.