In an unexpected turn of events during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the Indian crowd's silence has become the focal point of internet scrutiny and meme mania.
The subdued atmosphere in the stadium during exceptional performances by Australian batters and bowlers has triggered a wave of criticism from netizens.
Memes and comments flooded the internet, with many expressing their disappointment at the lack of vocal support for the home team during a crucial championship final.
pat cummins to the indian crowd pic.twitter.com/hejgC4jQcq— mishal| abdul hannan stan❗❗ (@Mishalriiaz) November 19, 2023
Pat Cummins to Indian Crowd: pic.twitter.com/imtNbXDYlE— Anas Tipu (@teepusahab) November 19, 2023
Pat Cummins' desire
The controversy began when Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, ahead of the final clash between India and Australia, expressed his desire to silence the partisan 'home' crowd.
The Australian team, led by Travis Head's remarkable 137 off 120 balls, Mitchell Starc's 3-55, and Pat Cummins' 2-34, secured their sixth World Cup title by defeating India with six wickets to spare and 42 balls remaining.
The Indian crowd's muted reactions during key moments of the match did not go unnoticed on social media platforms.
Chasing a target of 241, Australia's dominant performance shattered Indian hopes, and Travis Head's brilliant century earned him the well-deserved title of Player of the Match. Despite the commendable efforts of Virat Kohli, who bagged the Player of the Series award for amassing 765 runs with three centuries in the World Cup, the subdued crowd reaction remained a hot topic of discussion.
Cricket enthusiasts and armchair critics alike took to various platforms to share their views on the unexpected hush that enveloped the Narendra Modi Stadium. The silence of the Indian crowd, especially when the opposition was excelling, became a point of debate, questioning the traditional fervor and passion associated with cricket in the country.
As the virtual world erupted with opinions and memes, the Indian cricket fanbase found itself at the center of attention for reasons beyond the game itself. The aftermath of this uncharacteristic silence is sure to linger, leaving fans and critics alike reflecting on the dynamics of home ground support in the world of cricket.