In an unexpected but heartwarming turn of events, an Australian cricket fan was seen chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” in support of the Indian team during the World Cup clash between the two nations at the Chepauk Stadium on Sunday (October 8). The video of this remarkable moment has since become a viral sensation on social media.
The match began with Australian skipper Pat Cummins winning the toss and opting to bat first on a challenging, spin-friendly track. Despite the difficult conditions, India showcased their prowess with the ball, managing to bowl out Australia for a total of 199 runs.
Australia’s innings witnessed early setbacks as they lost Mitchell Marsh, but a partnership between David Warner and Steve Smith seemed to stabilize their innings. However, Warner’s dismissal marked a turning point in the game, and India’s spinners began to dominate. Ravindra Jadeja bowled a beauty to dismiss Smith, triggering a collapse in Australia’s batting lineup. From a relatively comfortable 110/2, they plummeted to 140/7.
Despite the challenging situation, Australia’s lower-order batsmen put up a resilient fight, with Mitchell Starc contributing a valuable 28 runs. These runs proved to be crucial in setting a competitive total of 199 runs.
India’s performance with the ball was so dominant that it prompted an Australian fan to embrace the Indian spirit. A video posted by “The Bharat Army,” a popular Indian fan group, captured the moment when the Aussie fan began chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” enthusiastically. His spirited chants resonated throughout the stadium as he encouraged other Indian supporters to join in, creating an electrifying atmosphere.
In another video, an Australian fan was seen playfully hushing down Indian fans, but every attempt to quiet them down only fueled their enthusiasm. Indian fans responded by uniting their voices to chant “Ganpati Bappa Moreya.” The banter between the two sets of fans remained friendly and light-hearted, adding to the excitement of the match.
However, India’s start with the bat was less than ideal as they lost three wickets for just five runs, reminiscent of the 2019 World Cup Semi-Final. Skipper Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer departed early, giving Australia a glimmer of hope in the game.
As the match continues, cricket fans around the world eagerly await the outcome of this captivating clash between India and Australia, where the spirit of the game and the camaraderie among fans shine brightly.