The journey of India’s cricket team came to an end yesterday. In IND vs NZ match that took place yesterday, the latter won by 18 runs defeating men in blue. India got off to a horrendous start while chasing a moderate target of 240 on the reserve day. The Kiwi bowlers rattled the top-order of India. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni rebuilt the innings and added 116 runs.
Trent Boult changed the match contours as he dismissed Jadeja. Towards the end when the onus was on Dhoni, Martin Guptill pulled off a close run out. India was bundled out on 221.
India had to chase the target of 240 runs, but unfortunately, the team’s top order didn’t perform and the top batsmen in the team couldn’t deliver their best performance. This ends the Men in Blue’s journey in the world cup and New Zealand has emerged as the first finalist.
The semi-final clash against New Zealand took place at Old Trafford stadium. The match was interrupted by rain in Manchester on Tuesday and was postponed to Wednesday. Even after a shaky start, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni’s partnership got the team close to the score, but they still couldn’t make it.
Anupam Kher, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Riteish Deshmukh, Rishi Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi, and Boman Irani, among many others, hailed team India for putting up a good fight against the Kiwis.
Arjun Rampal expressed his thoughts around the match and said, “We fought till the end! We might’ve lost but the boys put up a fight! Super proud of @imjadeja and @msdhoni Win or lose we always stand behind the team! #INDvsNZ”.
Anupam shared a picture of team India and heartily thanked the players for their efforts. He also said that the team binds everyone together and brings out “the Indian in us.”
Karan Johar appreciated the Indian cricket team’s efforts during the IND vs NZ match and asked all to applaud the team dor their “incredible journey” and not “just focus on the destination.”
He wrote on twitter- “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”
Aamir took to the micro-blogging site and wrote for him India “had already won the world cup when we qualified for the semis.”
“Hard luck Virat. Just wasn’t our day today. 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. Well played guys, throughout the tournament. I just wish it hadn’t rained yesterday… the result might have been different. But well done. Proud of our team. Love. A,” he wrote.
“Thank you Indian Cricket Team 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,” he tweeted.
Ayushmann too hailed India’s performance and said it was a “rare bad day in office.”
“Team India! We are proud of you. It was a rare bad day in office. Chin up. Well played. Well fought. #INDvNZ,” he tweeted.
Riteish took to Twitter and applauded Dhoni and Jadeja for giving a tough fight to the Kiwis. He also congratulated New Zealand on their win.
He tweeted- “You are a true legend of the game @msdhoni, @imjadeja what a brilliant knock !!!! Sad that we a lost today but proud of our Indian Team – & many congratulations to team New Zealand on their win.”
Randeep’s tweet was the most relatable one by far as he shared how he felt after Dhoni was run out.
“Hard luck team india .. played a very spirited game through the tournament the wicket of Dhoni and his walk back just broke my heart #INDvsNZ proud nonetheless,” he tweeted.
Booman Irani tweeted- As these thumbs sadly type the unthinkable, its only fair to applaud New Zealand for this outstanding effort👏👏👏. They read it better they worked it better. Thank you India for the pride and cheers throughout. Including this fight back. 🙏🙏. #INDvsNZ #cwc2019
Amitabh Bachchan wrote-
Angad Bedi in a series of tweets mentioned the Team blue and praised them
Bipasha Basu tweeted and said-
Here is what all happened during the World cup:
Whatever happened! We love you team blue!