World Cup 2015: India Throws Weight Behind Its Cricket Team After Defeat

27/03/2015 2:40 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 26: Indian fans enjoying India vs Australia Cricket World cup semifinal match at Select City Walk mall on March 26, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Australia comprehensively overwhelmed India to oust the defending champions and enter the cricket World Cup final with a 95-run win in their semifinal encounter at the Sydney Cricket Ground. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Even as they nurse their broken hearts, Indians are expressing overwhelming support and pride for the Indian team's performance at the 2015 World Cup. After winning seven straight matches in the cricket tournament, India was defeated at the semifinal by Australia on Thursday.

Instead of harping about this one defeat, the public and commentators have show astonishing maturity and compassion in their appraisal of the team.

In FirstPost, Tariq Engineer wrote, "Despite Australia’s commanding position, India did not back down and settle for containment. They continued to hunt wickets and in doing so, showed strength of character and determination. They refused to go quietly into that good night."

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Adarsh Vinay wrote a poem on ScoopWhoop. "You can hold your head high, And be proud of what you’ve achieved, Of all the matches you won, Of all the hearts you won. And for getting so close," he writes.

BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya congratulated the team for playing "outstanding cricket." "They have indeed displayed some admirable skills while playing the game in its true spirit, and thereby, bringing joy to millions of cricket fans," he said on Friday.

Piloo Bhattacharya, a musician in Kolkata said that he would rather celebrate India's journey to the semifinal, PTI reported. "Instead of deriding the team members, instead of running down Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, we should egg them on as they had won the hearts of millions of cricket lovers so far in the tournament. The lyrics talk about hope and turnaround in next world cup cricket," he said.

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But the aftermath of the loss wasn't without bad behaviour: A sexist attack was launched against actor Anushka Sharma because her boyfriend, Virat Kohli, got out after making one run in the match. Even more shocking is that her effigies were burned in Gwalior. Fearing a backlash from angry fans, India's cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's residence in Ranchi was place under tight security.

Read: Twitter Users Blame Anushka Sharma In All-Out Sexist Attack After Virat Kohli Fails To Score

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Many were far more generous in the face of defeat. Messages of support, especially for Dhoni, poured in on social media channels. Aamir Khan thanked the team on Facebook.

Well played Australia. Thank you to the Indian team for taking us to the semis. Hard luck and well played.

Posted by Aamir Khan on Thursday, 26 March 2015

On Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set the tone shortly after the defeat by pointing out that haar jeet to laggi rehti hai. It is how you play the game that matters.

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