India was a brute force in the main round of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The Men in Blue started with a thunderous six-wicket victory against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Virat Kohli and Co didn’t look back from thereon and kept on outdrawing one and all, who stumbled on to their path. India went six matches in the league stage without a defeat.
Their dream-run was ended by England at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Eoin Morgan and Co beat them by 31 runs. However, India came back with all their might and took down Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Birmingham and Leeds respectively. To add to their delight, Virat’s men also managed to top the table. One of their matches against New Zealand in Nottingham got abandoned.
India bows out of the 2019 World Cup
Being in prime form, many experts and pundits also believed that India has the potential to go on and win the championship as well. Prior to their semi-final match against the Black Caps at the Old Trafford in Manchester, the Men in Blue were deemed to be the firm favourites. But the Kiwis, led by Kane Williamson, ended their campaign, slapping them with an 18-run defeat.
After being put in to bowl first, India did a wonderful job, restricting their opponent to 239 with the match going into the reserve day due to rain. Ross Taylor and Captain Kane scored half-centuries and for India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most successful with three wickets. India got off to a poor start as Rohit Sharma, Kohli and KL Rahul could score one each with the score at 5/3 in a mere 3.1 overs.
Thereafter, Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) tried their best to pull back proceedings for India. Hardik Pandya (32) and Rishabh (32) got starts, but couldn’t convert them. The Men in Blue were bowled out for 49.3 overs. In the meantime, the Indian film industry heaped praises on the players. The actors and actresses were disappointed, but also proud of the way Team India entertained one and all.
Here is how the Indian film fraternity reacted:
We win some, we lose some, but it’s all about the sport & the spirit of the game that unites us all! Well played #TeamIndia!!@BCCI #WorldCupSemiFinal @cricketworldcup @ICC #IndvsNZ pic.twitter.com/WMpVxJVGNO
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) 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
T 3222 – CONFESSION : All things aside, must confess still hurting about the loss last night ! But this too shall pass and in time better results shall bring back assurance and confidence ! COME ONNNN INDIA !!🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 11, 2019
Well played New Zealand, well played India! Underdogs did it.
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) 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
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
— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) July 11, 2019
You all are lions 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 https://t.co/ipI5vHsX0r
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) July 11, 2019
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 10, 2019
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) 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
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
Wish we had won🙁 we lost by 2cms today when Dhoni got run out. Team India played well in the tournament. Proud of their commitment. Congratulations NewZealand. Great fielding and bowling. 👏👏
— Sunil Grover (@WhoSunilGrover) July 10, 2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) July 10, 2019
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) July 10, 2019
Heartbreaking to see India lose today but #Dhoni you beauty, you proved today why you’re my favourite… he gives every match his all and he really tried hard to pull through for us…Much love and respect to our former skipper ❤️
— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) 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
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) July 10, 2019
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