The showpiece event has witnessed its fourth washout and the third one this of this week as the much anticipated India-New Zealand match has been called off due to rain. Both Men in Blue, as well as the Black Caps, were the only undefeated teams in this tournament. While India had won their first two games against South Africa and the reigning World Champions Australia respectively, the Kiwis are the table-toppers with three wins in three matches against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Just recently, New Zealand had given India a reality check in the warm-up game by reducing them to 91/7, eventually bowling them out for 179 and chasing the target down with almost 13 overs to spare.
After the washout, the disappointed fans had their fair share of opinions about the contest between Virat Kohli-led India and Kane Williamson's New Zealand. One fan said that the forecast was not favourable but still she was hopeful while another fan was hoping for a T20 contest which did not happen either. Then, there was another supporter who said that the event should have been organised in India instead of the UK.
At the same time, a majority of fans also seemed angry when asked whether local organisers had compromised the World Cup in favour of the Ashes series between two of the oldest rivals England and Australia. They said that ICC should have planned the schedule in a better manner.
Nonetheless, there was one fan who disagreed as he was of the opinion that the hosts England would not compromise its stance on such a prestigious tournament. However, most of them were geared up to go to Manchester and hoped India makes it 7/7 against them in World Cups.
However, despite witnessing a washout, these passionate fans were very excited for the next game at the Old Trafford in Manchester where India will be locking horns against their arch-rivals Pakistan and they are confident of the Men In Blue keeping their unbeaten run intact with a 7-0 scoreline in the World Cup head-to-head encounters.
The rain is playing a big spoilsport in the ongoing quadrennial event. Already, three games have been washed out completely prior to this. Those three washouts happened in the last one week. They include the Pakistan-Sri Lanka clash on June 7, South Africa-West Indies contest on June 10 and yet another Asian rivalry Bangladesh-Sri Lanka on June 11 respectively. In fact, two consecutive washouts happened in this week. Meanwhile, another Asian clash between the 1996 champions Sri Lanka and Afghanistan was a rain-curtailed affair which the Lankans went on to win by 34 runs due to the D/L method.