India lost World Cup final to Australia despite being unbeaten throughout
Despite a stellar World Cup campaign, India fell short in the biggest stage of the tournament, the final. The Men In Blue were unbeaten throughout the mega event but it looked like it wasn’t their day as Australia dashed a billion dreams after crushing them in the final on November 19.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also present at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium – the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 132,000 – to watch his team lose the match.
But was it Modi whose presence India lost? Well, Indian opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi thinks so.
Addressing a rally at an election rally in Rajasthan on Tuesday, according to Live PeppermintGandhi indirectly blamed PM Modi for the team’s defeat in the World Cup.
“Our lads were playing well, they would have won the world cup. But ‘Panautis’ (bad luck) made us lose. The TV lads won’t tell you that, but the world knows it.”
In response, Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is a leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), apologized to Gandhi.
“What happened to you, Rahul Gandhi? You use such words for the Prime Minister of the country. Our PM met the players and motivated them. Winning or losing is part of the game. Rahul Gandhi should apologise,” was Prasad. according to news agency ANI.
Congress leader KC Venugopal, according to the Indian Express, defended Gandhi’s rant.
“Rahul said what many have been thinking for 2 days! The World Cup finals was a proud moment for 140 crore Indians and we were all looking forward to this historic occasion but they were desperate to win it for their political mileage.”
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