While some teams have already made their second appearance in the ongoing Cricket World Cup, Indian cricket team are yet to kick off their campaign. Fans and pundits on social media complained about the planning of the fixtures. Virat Kohli’s ‘Men in Blue’ enjoys the largest share of fan base in cricket and naturally, some followers were disheartened that the 2011 champions have not been in action since May 30.
As only a few hours remain for India to open their campaign in a match against South Africa on Wednesday, fans on social media shared memes and jokes in which they speak about how the delay has affected them and the Indian team.
A fan on Twitter wrote: “Indian team is like me on Tinder….Not even a single match till now.”
Another die-hard fan wrote: “People are wondering why India haven’t started playing WC19 the reason is Indian wanted more practice time. So BCCI politely asked ICC??”
Meanwhile, Kohli said on the eve of the match said, “We are just happy to start playing. There is a bit of an advantage in understanding how the games have gone (watching the tournament from the sidelines). There is a lot to learn about composure. Teams with composure and better decision-making have had success and it’s important for a tournament like World Cup.”
India will look to add to South Africa’s agony when they face beleaguered Faf du Plessis’ men in their first World Cup encounter at the Ageas Bowl. While the Proteas have suffered two defeats at the hands of England and Bangladesh, India are fresh and raring to go. And that makes them more dangerous for South Africa.
India, after their second warm-up match against Bangladesh, had more than a week’s time to tune off and get themselves prepared for their first World Cup match.
(With IANS Inputs)