Yes, India lost to Australia in ICC World Cup 2015 semi-final today. Does that anyway take away the way they played in the tournament till this game? For some it is. This is utter nonsense. The outrage is uncalled for.
Soon after Mitchell Starc bowled Umesh Yadav at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) to hand Australia an emphatic 95-run victory, some of TV channels and also fans went into overdrive to unnecessarily criticise the team.
Having enjoyed the euphoria of 7 wins in a row at World Cup, India could not continue and lost on Thursday. They were outplayed by a better team on a particular day. Maybe if India had batted first, things would have been definitely different. (Come let us back Dhoni and team)
But why do you have to "shame" and "humiliate" the men who did the country proud in the biggest cricket tournament, in Australia and New Zealand. (Full text - Dhoni speaks on WC exit)
There were pictures on Twitter where angry fans smashed TV sets after India's loss. Also, many on the social media targetted Bollywood actor and Virat Kohli's girlfriend Anushka Sharma.
Kohli was out for just 1 run and fans on Twitter went berserk. It appeared as if they were waiting to pounce on Anushka to find a reason to be abusive.
The kind of tweets that were running on Twitter were disgusting. Many were personal attacks. What has Anushka's presence at SCG to do with Kohli's performance with the bat?
If this was on Twitter, some cricket experts and anchors on TV were not satisfied with India's performance so far. One English news channel started the hashtag "#ShamedInSydney". What shame did Indian players do in Sydney? Many reactions followed, slamming the channel.
Media needs to restrain and cannot expect the team to win all matches. At the end of the day it is just a game and there will be a loser. And on Thursday it had to be India.
Sometimes, Indian media and fans expect too much. They need to get a grip of things. They need to be proud of "Men in Blue" the way they bowled, batted and fielded exceptionally.
Even the great cricket teams lost their invincibility at some stage.
Here are some of the tweets
India has no sports culture still.. @TimesNow proving it.— Everest Cricket (@Criceverest) March 26, 2015
One thing is for sure @TimesNow will do anything and I mean absolutely anything to get more eyeballs and TRPs including stupid hashtags— Sherine Paul (@sherineruth) March 26, 2015