Mourning in India, Streets in Delhi deserted after disgraceful defeat of Indian cricket team


NEW DELHI: Shocked silence reverberated across New Delhi on Sunday night following the historic upset by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London.

Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya’s 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7.

"I am shocked... we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way," Amit Sharma told news agency AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place.

Disgruntled Indian fans quietly walked away from open air screenings in disbelief."We had planned big celebrations for what seemed like a sure shot victory for us with the way we were playing and also how Pakistan had just scraped into the final," Sharma added.

While some fireworks were ignited at the National Stadium near India Gate, Sanjay, a disappointed fan, said they were "fireworks of anger".

"A loss against Pakistan is always a bitter pill to swallow. But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India," Raju Verma, an auto driver, said.

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