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World Cup 2023 final: Panauti trends on Twitter as Modi laughs on India’s defeat

World Cup 2023 final: Panauti trends on Twitter as Modi laughs on India's defeat

  • India’s World Cup 2023 loss sparks a trending hashtag “Panauti” on Twitter, with fans connecting PM Modi’s presence to the team’s struggles in ICC tournaments.
  • Despite notable performances from Indian players, including KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, Australia’s stellar batting, led by Travis Head, secures a convincing victory.
  • The social media uproar reaches its peak as Modi hands the trophy to Australian captain Pat Cummins, leaving fans frustrated with India’s ongoing ICC trophy drought.

The hashtag “Panauti” has taken over Twitter, fueled by a moment that unfolded at the Narendra Modi Stadium during the World Cup 2023 final. Prime Minister Modi, caught on camera waving and smiling, unwittingly became the symbol of India’s cricket woes. Fans are connecting the dots, expressing a belief that since Modi assumed office, India has faced a drought in securing ICC trophies.

In the final clash against Australia, India’s hopes crumbled as they posted a total of 240 runs, losing all wickets on the last ball. KL Rahul’s 66 off 107, Kohli’s 54 off 63, and Rohit Sharma’s 47 off 31 couldn’t withstand Mitchell Starc’s impressive 3/55, complemented by two wickets each from Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

The Australian response was led by Travis Head’s spectacular 137, supported by Marnus Labuschagne’s slower 58 off 110. Despite India’s efforts, the Aussies managed to achieve the target in 43 overs, winning by six wickets.

A pivotal moment occurred when Mohammad Siraj bowled to Glenn Maxwell, who clinched the winning two runs. Maxwell’s shot, pulled wide of deep square leg, prompted a desperate dive from Kuldeep Yadav, but the batters completed the necessary runs in the nick of time. The defeat marked India’s ongoing struggle to clinch their third World Cup trophy, with their last ICC triumph dating back to 2013.

The post-match ceremony saw Modi handing over the trophy to Australian captain Pat Cummins, further intensifying the social media backlash. With over 86.9k posts under the trending hashtag “Panauti,” fans are venting their frustration, attributing India’s loss to an unfortunate jinx associated with the Prime Minister.

Fans say Modi is Panauti

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