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‘Let me sleep’: India fans heartbroken after final defeat

By AFP
November 21, 2023
Agony: India fans react while watching their team lose the final.  — AFP File
Agony: India fans react while watching their team lose the final.  — AFP File

AHMEDABAD: India´s six-wicket loss to Australia in the final of the Cricket World Cup in Ahmedabad on 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 grand 132,000-seat arena is the world´s biggest cricket ground and named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 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 am returning to my home in Mumbai now,” said Jine Shah, 40, who left the stadium when Australia still needed 49 runs to win their sixth World Cup title.

“I´d have stayed here and in the city if we were winning, but what´s the reason now?” he asked. 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.