First publised on 2023-11-21 03:36:01
In cricket-crazy India, people cannot stop talking about the heartbreaking loss the Men in Blue suffered in the final. While some devastated and unreasonable folks are attributing devious motives - like taking money from the bookies to lose - most others are saying that it was bad luck and the team had a bad day.
Still others blame the team management and the BCCI for pitch selection, while some are of the opinion that the match should not have been played at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad and Wankhede in Mumbai or the Eden Gardens in Kolkata would have been better venues.
There are others who blame Rohit Sharma for having played that unwanted shot at that juncture. They argue that he had already hit a six and a four in that over and there was no need for that ugly heave. They also blame him for changing the set (and successful) plan of opening the bowling with Bumrah and Siraj and giving Shami a go only after 4 overs each by the two. They argue that Shami bowls better when the ball is slightly older.
The people are also angry with Suryakumar Yadav who they say is not competent to be selected for ODIs. They wonder why he flopped in the final even though he came at a time when he could have played the game like a T20, where he is the sultan and the number one batter in the world.
Some folks are also angry with Kohli and Rahul for crawling (without understanding that the two were repairing the early damage with the loss of three wickets) when the need was to attack and wrest the initiative.
But an overwhelming majority of the people are proud of the team and are saying that while they tried hard, the Australians were better on the day.