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Indian fans fume at Kohli, team

Update : 27 Mar 2015, 06:25 PM

India crashing out of the Cricket World Cup on Thursday after being bashed up by Australia in the second semi-final disheartened cricket fans in the city. A dismal show by Indian cricket team poster boy Virat Kohli in the clash on the cricket field left his hundreds of local fans, particularly females, dejected.

Kohli, who scored just one run before being sent back to the pavilion, turned out to be the ‘villain’ of the match. “I have started hating him now,” said Surbhi, who claimed that she was a diehard fan of Kohli ‘but before this match’.

“It was the day to deliver and he failed. I think his girlfriend Anushka Sharma should not have gone to the match venue in Sydney,” she said.

Rubbal and his group of friends, who skipped their college with a hope of seeing India sailing into the final, fumed, “They have wasted our day. All the team members are equally responsible, but Kohli threw his wicket away. Where was the need for playing that stupid shot (on which he was caught). Anushka Sharma should not have gone there,” they said.

Fans were upbeat till skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was batting. Suresh Raina’s wicket turned their mood sombre.

Many employees had skipped going to their offices today just to watch the India-OZ cricket clash live. The common rooms at Panjab University hostels and city colleges were jam-packed with young supporters cheering for Team India.

Indian cricket fans, who spent a good part of the day in front of TV sets, were highly disappointed by the end of the day.

Few city residents even performed ‘yagnas’ to invoke divine blessing for Indian cricket team. The defeat left them shocked.

“It is disheartening that the Indian team lost the only match they were expected to perform,” said Pritush Goyal, a cricket lover.

Many youngsters, who had got together at a common place to cheer for the team, were left unhappy with the match’s fate. “We expected the Team India to retain the World Cup. However, they are out of the tournament before the final,” said Tanay Bhardwaj.

“The batting line, especially experienced players such as Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, could have performed better and displayed the temperament they are known for,” said a group of students at PU.

The defeat also saddened many children who had bought crackers for celebrations expecting that India would emerge winner today.

Ankit Sharma, a Class VII student and a resident of Mansa Devi Complex Sector 4, said, “All the fire crackers are a waste now.”

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