Indian fans came to the aid of the Men in Blue after the top-order consisting of both the openers and the skipper collapsed within the first five overs of the match in the contest against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup. India lost openers Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli for just one run each, putting the team in all sorts of trouble in the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Indian fans, however, did not give up on their team and took to social media to extend unconditional support to the team to overcome the nightmare. Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, took to social media to express support to the Indian team on behalf of the entire nation. Invoking the significance of the old song 'Sounds of Silence', Mahindra said that 1.25 billion people went quiet when the wickets were lost but there were still right behind the Men in Blue, extending support and solidarity.
Read his motivational tweet here:
Vice-captain Rohit Sharma was the first victim of the vicious New Zealand pace attack complimenting with the conditions of the pitch. Skipper Virat Kohli was the next to follow, as he fell for an LBW off Boult shortly followed by KL Rahul. The collapse of the top-order of India was seen for the first time in this tournament, as the dominant display of the batsmen has always driven India across any situations.
India is chasing a target of 240 after New Zealand resumed play on the reserve day at 211 and went on to finish their innings at 239.