In the highly anticipated Cricket World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, fans faced criticism on social media for what some perceived as a lack of support towards the Indian team.
As Australia battled India for the prestigious ODI World Cup title, the crowd of over one lakh thirty thousand, donned in blue, found themselves under scrutiny for their response to the unfolding match.
Beyond the contest between bat and ball, the spotlight also turned to the behavior of the fans in attendance. Amidst Australia’s dominance on the pitch, social media users expressed disappointment over the perceived silence from the Indian supporters.
The Ahmedabad crowd was rubbish
Need proper fans inside a stadium instead of fly by night pretenders
Like the amazing people at Wankhede
Cheered the team on and especially Shami post the dropped catch
Chanted his name non stop
Boosted him and the team…
— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) November 19, 2023
Accusations of disrespect towards the Australian team and match officials circulated, prompting discussions on the role of fan engagement in influencing the players’ performance.
— Alisha Imran (@Alishaimran111) November 20, 2023
Australia’s captain, Pat Cummins, had openly declared his intention to “silence the crowd” before the World Cup final commenced. While Cummins and his team successfully executed their plan, the home crowd received backlash for what critics saw as a failure to energize the Indian team, particularly during crucial moments when their support was most needed.
The Ahmedabad crowd’s response prompted comparisons with other passionate cricket audiences, such as those at Wankhede Stadium.
Highlighting the significance of unwavering support, observers noted the contrast between committed fans who rallied behind the team, even in challenging situations—such as cheering for Shami post a dropped catch—and those who were perceived as “fly-by-night pretenders.”
As the match progressed, some fans chose to leave the stadium early, realizing the challenging odds facing the Indian team in the final.
Even Pat Cummins, in his post-match remarks, acknowledged the unique passion of Indian cricket fans while expressing satisfaction at moments of silence from the crowd during the Australian bowling innings.
In conclusion, the Cricket World Cup 2023 final not only showcased a fierce on-field battle but also sparked a broader conversation about the pivotal role of fan support.
The contrasting reactions of fans at Ahmedabad and other cricket venues underscore the impact of a passionate and committed audience on the team’s morale, irrespective of the match outcome.