Afghanistan showcased their skills and team spirit against India and gave them a tough fight on Saturday. The tournament's favourite Indian side was restricted to 224 runs by the Afghani bowlers and then Naib and Mohammad Nabi tried to chase down the total but at last, failed.
Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib after losing to India by 11 runs on Saturday said that we are doing better day by day in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup and will continue to play on our potential.
"I think we are doing better and better day by day and this is the team I want to create. But we, unfortunately, missed the opportunity and credit goes to Indian side as they played well in the game," Gulbadin Naib said in the post-match conference.
Carrying on the same spirit and enthusiasm for their country and team, some fans from Afghanistan were seen talking about the friendship between the two nations. A viral video doing rounds on social media shows how the fans support both the countries. The result doesn't matter, they consider India as their own country. Watch the video -
Other fans and celebrities too have supported and dropped comments like: "Phew, India retains the undefeated team status! Well played Afghanistan for the nail-biting match. Your sportsmanship proved the unbreakable Indo-Afghan bond. Great reply! #INDvAFG" [sic]. Read some reactions below -
For India Shami took a hat-trick in the last over of the match. He became the second Indian bowler and first in the current World Cup who took a hat-trick. The world number one bowler Jasprit Bumrah also bowled brilliantly.
Naib said that India is his favourite team and he always supports India but they missed the opportunity to defeat them.
"India is my favourite team and I always support the Indian team. At the time during the match we thought we will chase the total easily but India is a strong side and they defeated us," Naib concluded.
India is unbeaten in the tournament and won their all four matches. India's match against New Zealand was called off due to rain and they next take on West Indies on June 27.
(With inputs from ANI)