Though hours have elapsed since the tournament ended, the pain of Team India’s defeat in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final persists among fans. Despite the heartbreak from the outcome that deeply affected cricket enthusiasts nationwide, their unwavering allegiance to Team India persists, as the latter showcased an exceptionally impressive performance throughout the tournament, emerging victorious in every match leading up to the final.
Meanwhile, celebrities have also expressed their wholehearted support for the team that came very close to clinching the World Cup. On her Instagram stories, actor Athiya Shetty, the wife of wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul, shared a picture of the entire team, emphasising, “This team… the best team.”
The image was originally posted by the official account of the Indian cricket team, featuring the message “We are proud of you Team India.”
Bollywood’s Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan too expressed a similar sentiment and noted on Instagram, “NO NO NO… TEAM INDIA… not OFF yet… you are our pride… you are the heart where the hand rests,” while posting a picture of himself with his hand held against his heart.
Earlier in the day, Bollywood’s Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan had also penned a note consoling the team. “The way the Indian team has played this whole tournament is a matter of honour and they showed great spirit and tenacity. It’s a sport and there are always a bad day or two. Unfortunately it happened today….but thank u Team India for making us so proud of our sporting legacy in cricket…u bring too much cheer to the whole of India. Love and respect. You make us one proud Nation,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).