'Let Me Sleep': India Fans Heartbroken After World Cup Defeat
Muhammad Rameez Published November 20, 2023 | 09:10 AM
Ahmedabad, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Nov, 2023) India's six-wicket loss to Australia in the final of the Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad Sunday left tens of thousands of fans heartbroken and in frantic search of a new plan for the night ahead.
Having braved the long, colourful and festive queues for hours early Sunday to get into the ground, many started leaving the stadium in droves by the 35th over of Australia's chase as the result became obvious.
The home team, which entered the final unbeaten and favourites to win a third title, could only set a below-par 241 target for Australia to chase.
"I'd have stayed here and in the city if we were winning, but what's the reason now?" he asked.
- 'Want to sleep now' -
Rajiv Kumar, 25, who planned to "celebrate through the night after India's expected win", couldn't pinpoint what went wrong with the team.
"They have been so good throughout this tournament, the best, and I don't know what happened today," he said.
"I just want to go back to my hotel to sleep and not think of this now if possible," Kumar added.
Before this game "I didn't think that anyone could defeat India" on their current form, Hugo told AFP.
Hugo felt that Australia's bowling and fielding made the difference in the all-important game.
"We would have stuck around at the stadium if the result was not a foregone conclusion. I expected India to play much better," said Subramanian.
- 'A big loss' -
Outside the stadium, on the packed arterial roads, the mood was sombre and a far cry from the loud and excited atmosphere before the start of the match.
Thousands of fans paid over the odds for travel, hotels and tickets because of high demand.