England's World Cup game against India on 30 June saw support pouring in from the whole sub-continent including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lankan fans. Among the sea of Men in Orange supporters, Chief executive officer of Google Sundar Pichai was spotted cheering for India at the Edgbaston.
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to share a photo of Sundar Pichai and Sachin Tendulkar at the venue. Sundar Pichai, who was cheering for India, had earlier expressed his desire to watch an India-England clash at the finals of the World Cup at an event organized by the US-India Business Council.
Here's the tweet by the BCCI:
Following the Tweet, a love-fest has ensued on social media, with netizens remarking on the caliber and humility of the two personalies in question:
Some also spoke about how technology and cricket is a great combination and how they had both surmounted their respective fields:
One person wondered what they discussed:
Former Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar was the official representative for the combined initiative by UNICEF and ICC's One Day for Children, that aimed at making the lives of the children better and enabling them to learn, play and live better. This initiative was launched with the intent to bring the billions of cricket fans together to build a better world for every child. He was present at the toss, along with skippers Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan, accompanied by a young child - a mascot for the initiative.
Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to share a picture of the moment at the toss, conveying the message of the initiative. Read the tweet here:
India lost to England by 31 runs despite Rohit Sharma scoring his third century in the ongoing World Cup, as India failed to chase down the mammoth total of 338. The loss also dented Pakistan's chance of qualifying to the semi-finals leaving them with a slim chance to go past the group stage.
India will face Bangladesh in their penultimate match of the group stage at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 2 July, as they look to seal their semi-final spot with a victory over the Tigers.