The ICC Men's CWC 2023 final match between India and Australia held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, was attended by a host of celebrities and sportspersons from various fields. The biggest event in world cricket was held with the who's who of Bollywood celebrities and sporting personalities attending the final match. However, a controversy has erupted after India's Olympic champion and ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra posted his photo from the stadium on X (formerly Twitter), which surprised many fans as they came down heavily on the broadcasters for ignoring India's Olympic champion during the final.
Several netizens complained that the cameras were panned mostly on Bollywood celebs like Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan and others, whereas not once did the cameras capture India's boy with the golden arm. Users took to X and lashed out at broadcasters and said that had it not been for Neeraj Chopra's post, nobody would have even learnt that India's greatest track and field athlete had graced the event.
Neeraj Chopra's post and caption
Chopra took to X and posted an encouraging message for Team India amid the heart-breaking loss to Australia in the 2023 World Cup final. The 25-year-old track and field athlete wrote on Monday:
"Team India, you made us proud. Hard luck in the final. It wasn't our night, but a tournament that we'll never forget."
Meanwhile, with the cameras focusing only on celebrities in the stadium, here are the netizens' reactions:
The Men in Blue walked into the final with plenty of expectations after finishing the group stage with 10 straight victories. Nevertheless, Australia came in with full preparation and executed its plans to full effect.
Aussie bowlers, led by Mitchell Starc, restricted the hosts to 240, while Josh Hazlewood and skipper Pat Cummins also took two each. In response, the Men in Yellow slipped to 47-3, but Travis Head hit a counter-attacking ton to propel Australia to a six-wicket win. It was also Team India's 2nd World Cup loss to Australia in the finals of the world tournament, with the first one coming in 2003.