Team India fans have responded in huge numbers to 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma after he broke his social media silence following India's defeat against New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday in the semifinal.
Taking to Twitter, Rohit Sharma, who had appeared imperious through the group stage, setting the record for most centuries scored by a player in a single World Cup, had said the following:
We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday & that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too.The support away from home was incredible.Thank you all for painting most of uk blue wherever we played 🇮🇳— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) July 11, 2019
In the 12 hours of his tweet being on the Internet, it has accrued significant response, with fans offering their support in droves.
This fan encapsulates Rohit's big numbers and tells him that he is a champion:
648 runs, 5 centuries. This man gave his best to take India to the semis making them the Table Toppers. Don't be sad Rohit Sharma. You're a champion 👏👍🙏 🇮🇳 #CWC19pic.twitter.com/kjtpnMeiM8— Narendra Modi fan (@narendramodi177) July 11, 2019
One fan has drawn a comparison with Sachin Tendulkar's exploits for India in 2003 in South Africa:
Feel sad for this😐😐 pic.twitter.com/3jsrBbZ3bS— शशि 🇮🇳 (@shashik_) July 11, 2019
More fans are clear that Rohit is a champion, win or lose:
Bhaiya no matter win or lose mere liye aap hamesha champion hi rahoge. Love you Ro😍😭💓💓 pic.twitter.com/kdR3yoe5Xu— टीपूडा (@PR1CELES5) July 11, 2019
You played like a champion, Rohit.— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) July 11, 2019
Love you Hitman💙— R A T N I $ H (@LoyalSachinFan) July 11, 2019
This World Cup will be remembered for your dominance🔥
You are champion bhai ...You are champion 😭❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Fauxy R E B E L (@GadhviLaxman) July 11, 2019
Man of the tournament u have given us a memorable innings this World Cup. 👍👌 pic.twitter.com/iYr2s2rds2— Awaarapan 🇮🇳 (@KingmakerOne1) July 11, 2019
One fan has spoken about how the future is still limitless:
@ImRo45 big bro u will lift wc t20 2020 Australia trophy 2021 champions trophy india— Ro¢ky Edwαrd 💙🇮🇳🏏 (@IAmRockyEdward) July 11, 2019
2023 world cup india
Keep it up bro
Rohit Sharma had scored 5 centuries before the New Zealand match, plus one half-century, with a strike rate of nearly a run-per-ball. He scored 648 runs in total, considerably more than the next highest, captain Kohli with 443 runs.
England and New Zealand will contest the World Cup final on Sunday, as the Cricketing world readies itself for a first-time champion after 23 years - Sri Lanka's triumph in 1996.