Despite defeat, Modi, Mahindra boss stand by Men in Blue, Lata Mangeshkar requests Dhoni not to retire
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya stitched together a partnership of 47 runs, before a surprising 116-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni brought hope back to the millions of Indians sitting with their fingers crossed. But Jadeja's dismissal in the 48th over, and Dhoni's run out four balls later left fans in low spirits; with the Indian team eventually being bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.
While heartbreaks and tears followed, Twitter also applauded the team's sportsman spirit, even as skipper Virat Kohli shared a post saying, "we are all disappointed & share the same emotions as you. We gave everything we had."
Firstly I want to thank all our fans who came in huge numbers to support the team. You made it a memorable tourname… https://t.co/lTmDlHDYZB— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1562778424000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called wins and losses a part of life, adding that it was 'good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end'.
A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fiel… https://t.co/V0viSdJo1o— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1562768169000
Mahindra Group boss Anand Mahindra, who has an inside joke with his Twitter followers about being unlucky for the team when he watches India play, had earlier replied to a fan that he wasn't watching the game. After India's loss, Mahindra once again took to the micro-blogging site, this time to applaud the Men in Blue for fighting like Titans till the end, despite having fallen like 'Humpty Dumpty at the start'.
He went on to say that 'sport reminds us that despite all the odds being in our favour, the universe doesn’t play by our rules'.
No, I'm actually in a board meeting but my colleagues keep telling me the score! https://t.co/tWQqPHF5DY— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 1562756742000
Once again,sport reminds us that despite all the odds being in our favour, the Universe doesn’t play by our rules.… https://t.co/XT3SCbtdUM— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) 1562767812000
RPG Enterprises Chairman Harsh Goenka continued to call India the best ODI team, adding humour to the situation when he said that 'we're just not so good in Two Day Internationals'.
My view - India is still the best one day international team. It’s just that we’re not so good in two day internationals..... #INDvsNZ— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) 1562775175000
Dhoni and Jadeja received much appreciation and love on social media.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, referring to rumours of MSD's retirement, requested the former captain not to think about hanging his boots, saying that the country needs him.
Namaskar M S Dhoni ji.Aaj kal main sun rahi hun ke Aap retire hona chahte hain.Kripaya aap aisa mat sochiye.Desh ko… https://t.co/PbKClXHywz— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) 1562833387000
She also dedicated a song penned by Gulzar to Team India.
Kal bhalehi hum jeet na paaye ho lekin hum haare nahi hain.Gulzar sahab ka cricket ke liye likha hua ye geet main h… https://t.co/xRXeQ05w0G— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) 1562833945000
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar while being heartbroken like every Team India supporter credited MSD and Jadeja for putting up a 'good fight'. Virender Sehwag also celebrated their partnership, saying, "Jadeja played an outstanding innings and got India in the game along with MS Dhoni."
just like every supporter. A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today.… https://t.co/sGssmHTvay— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1562775613000
Congratulations to @BLACKCAPS on making it to the finals. Jadeja played an outstanding innings and got India in the… https://t.co/u1vsCDbyHX— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1562767032000
Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif applauded Jadeja for playing the 'innings of his life'.
Jadeja played the innings of his life , and what a day to do so. Dhoni and him got us in it from nowhere but alas w… https://t.co/4j8CsR5y5X— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 1562766926000
Yuvraj Singh, too, was active on Twitter, defending Rishabh Pant when former England captain Kevin Pietersen tweeted about was Pant's game. Responding to the tweet, the former all-rounder was quick to point out to Pietersen that Pant had only played 8 ODIs and will get better with time.
@KP24 @RishabPant777 He’s played 8 Odis ! It’s not his fault he will learn and get better it’s not pathetic at all… https://t.co/eUP7klZLvH— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1562767649000
Not just India Inc, politicians and sports stars, B-town also sent across the love in full force.
Amitabh Bachchan thanked the 'champions' saying they are 'still the greatest and the best team in the world'.
T 3221 - INDIA INDIA INDIA .. !!!! .. what a game you played WC 2019 TEAM .. you fought and played li… https://t.co/vTkYE52DNE— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) 1562783157000
Actor Aamir Khan said it 'just wasn't our day today', and chose to shine a light on India playing their best game in the tournament, saying, "For me, India had already won the World Cup when we qualified for the semis at the top of the list as the no 1 team"
Arjun Rampal took to Twitter to agree with Khan, writing it wasn't our day today.
Loved supporting our #teamindia you guys played awesome cricket. Just not our day today. I can’t imagine how distra… https://t.co/crRvkZBKfM— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) 1562767031000
While Anupam Kher thanked India for the game and effort, Swara Bhasker tweeted saying 'we still love you'.
Thank you #IndianCricketTeam for your game & your efforts. You played very well. You bind us together. You bring o… https://t.co/9oOxbpxIkV— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 1562768033000
Team Indiaaaaaaa! ☹️☹️☹️☹️☹️ We still love you! #CWC19 p.s. guess who is not watching the finals anymore ?!?— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) 1562768846000
Rahul Bose thanked the Men in Blue for the 'skill, the intensity and the sportsmanship', and Suniel Shetty reiterated his belief in the team.
Fantastic run, #TeamIndia ! Thank you for the skill, the intensity and the sportsmanship throughout the… https://t.co/Dcj1ImXvXk— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) 1562768687000
I DID , I DO & I WILL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN MY TEAM INDIA!!! #INDvsNZ https://t.co/QvHuS7YWs3— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) 1562764645000
As these thumbs sadly type the unthinkable, its only fair to applaud New Zealand for this outstanding effort. Th… https://t.co/0k4HzLT9jA— Boman Irani (@bomanirani) 1562767938000