NEW DELHI - India's sports fraternity had nothing by praise for the efforts of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's World Cup team, which bowed out of the tournament Thursday with a 95-run semifinals loss to Australia.
Retired cricket great Sachin Tendulkar led the support on social media with former captain Sunil Gavaskar, allrounder Yuvraj Singh, tennis player Sania Mirza and Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra among those adding their admiration for the Indian team.
Tendulkar said on Twitter that the team played some "terrific cricket" during the tournament while Yuvraj felt the team lost to a side that played "outstanding cricket" and deserved to be in the final.
Gavaskar said the toss had proved crucial, with Australia electing to bat first and setting a stiff target of 329.
Well played in the ICC World Cup Team India. A tough game today and a loss is always difficult to handle. (1/3)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 26, 2015
But you have played some terrific cricket throughout and all the fans have enjoyed watching you. Congratulations to Australia (2/3)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 26, 2015
for a convincing win. Steve Smith's hundred, Finch's support to him and a strong finish by Johnson made the difference. #CWC15 (3/3)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 26, 2015
Sport is like this... Well done team india on a good and brave World Cup campaign.— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) March 26, 2015
india had a rely gd tournament Sad for my boys but Australia has played some outstanding cricket in this w cup deserves to be in the final— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 26, 2015
Blaming and joking bout Anushka??cz a woman can ONLY be a distraction and not a strength? Wht bout d other times we won or Virat made a 100?— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 26, 2015
We can't win everything ,every time.. I am Proud of our team and the way they played with pressure throughout..better luck next time..— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 26, 2015
Ever thought how the players feel themselves after a loss when people who haven't played, feel sooo bad? Promise u,we feel worse than u..— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 26, 2015