The grand spectacle of the Cricket Festival, which unfolded in neighboring India from October 5, 2023, reached its crescendo with Australia securing a historic victory. Across 48 intense matches, the tournament saw its share of highs and lows, with world records shattered and controversies adding drama to the game—often tilting in favor of India, the crowd favorite.
Despite a stellar performance, Team India’s journey fell short in the finals, making way for Australia’s triumph. The victors, claiming their sixth ICC Cricket World Cup title, etched their mark on history by conquering the opposition’s home ground, leaving the 1.30 lakh-strong Indian crowd in silent awe.
Congratulations poured in for Australia, but the aftermath brought forth a wave of memes on social media, reflecting on India’s defeat. Some drew parallels with the 2003 World Cup, labeling it as karma. Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, became a central figure in discussions, especially after taking the wicket of former Indian captain Virat Kohli—an act that resonated with his earlier statements.
Social media users, with their characteristic humor, even found a connection between Deepika Padukone, present at the match, and her supposed resemblance to former Army Chief General (R) Qamar Javed Bajwa. Despite India’s loss, Deepika’s cheerful demeanor during the match did not escape notice.
The trolling extended to Irfan Pathan, who had previously celebrated Pakistan’s defeat by Afghanistan. Social media users advised him to take a break, asking, ‘How was your Sunday?’ Meanwhile, former national team captain Babar Azam found himself implicated as the catalyst behind Travis Head’s phenomenal century, ultimately paving the way for Australia’s resounding victory.