Mahendra Singh Dhoni walks off for 50 during the Cricket World Cup first semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday. AFP
On Wednesday, New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in a thrilling semifinal clash at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Chasing 240, India suffered from a top-order collapse and never recovered from it until Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni gave 1.3 billion Indian fans a glimmer of hope with their stupendous batting display.
However, their efforts could not prove sufficient as the Men in Blue lost the match by 18 runs, thus bowing out of the competition.
Chaudhry tweeted: "Pakistanion ki Nayi Mohabbat NewZeeland (sic) (New Zealand: The new love for Pakistanis)."
Chaudhry didn't stop there and retweeted a tweet made by a user on the microblogging website which said, "Dhoni you deserved such disgraceful exit for polluting the gentleman's game with fixing and bias!"
"Dhoni is an absolute legend. He is a great ambassador for the game. Till the time he was there, it looked like he would win the game for India. However, he was unfortunate and couldn't take India to the finals," said Akhtar, in his Youtube channel, had heaped praise on Dhoni.
"Indian fans should be proud of the way their team played in the World Cup," he added.
Earlier following Pakistan's exit from the World Cup in the group stage, many former cricketers of the country had said that India deliberately lost to England in the league stage to oust Sarfaraz Ahmed's men out of the competition, a claim which was even rejected by the Pakistan skipper himself.Indo-Asian News Service
Pictures of Dhoni sucking his thumb and spitting blood emerged on the internet amidst all the criticism he faced from the fans.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had defended Dhoni after he sported a dagger logo on his green gloves in India's win over South Africa on Wednesday.
"We are feeling sad, and you can see me, I feel like crying," said office worker Neeraj Singh, sobbing, after New Zealand's dramatic 18-run win. "We love Team India, we love Kohli, we love Mahi (MS Dhoni) and forever we will love cricket. And like our boss Kohli has said, Dhoni will forever be our captain in our hearts," he said.
Cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams was benched and fellow centre Ryan Crotty missed out altogether as New Zealand named their team for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland.
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