India has lost the 2023 World Cup – a phrase that echoes in our minds like a relentless drumbeat, haunting us more with every passing moment. The Narendra Modi Stadium saw Australia win by six wickets, breaking their record for the most ODI World Cup wins, as they now stand at a whopping six points in the table. A night filled with records, some set and some broken, and in the midst of it, Disney+Hotstar shone in its own glory, churning out a record 5.9 crore viewers on that fateful Sunday.
However, the real spectacle of the streaming service was not shown in large numbers but by 5.1 crore viewers. One person brilliantly summed up the general sentiment of Indians in that shot, calling it “5.1 CrYING”. This shot became an emotional embodiment of India’s painful loss on the World Series stage, a moment that had fans and everyone else reaching for tissues.
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The photo went viral online, showing a high viewership that, despite the numbers, had heavy hearts and misty eyes.
Sure, it’s just a game, full of wins and losses, but for a cricketing nation like India, this defeat has a profound impact. The grief continues, expressed through heart-wrenching memes and heart-wrenching exits, because this loss cannot be easily swept under the playground rug.
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However, amidst the gloom, there is a silver lining. India’s pride is echoed through the collective expressions of the fans, who are trying to heal the wounds through faith in the team. True to its word, the cricketing nation stands firm – cheering, laughing and refusing to abandon its team when the need arises for a collective shoulder to rely on.
On the other hand, let’s not forget to tip our hats to Australia. It represents a crowning moment in an exceptional year for Pat Cummins’ side across formats, building on their victory over India in the World Test Championship final and subsequent retention of the Ashes in June.
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First published: 20 November 2023 at 09:53 IST
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