Rajeev Shukla’s tweet for team India goes wrong, gets trolled


Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla irked Indian cricket fans after he congratulated the India women’s cricket team for making it to the Champions Trophy final rather than the World Cup last. Shukla’s tweet, after Mithali Raj’s side shocked Australia by 36 runs in the second semi-final on Thursday, was described as “insulting” by a few fans. “Congrats to @BCCIWomen team for making it into the Champions trophy Final by beating Australia. Great Knock by @ImHarmanpreet,” he had tweeted. The Congress MP then erased the post and rectified his error.

Shukla, who has been associated with Indian cricket for several years now, was brutally trolled by the Twiterrati.

India have the opportunity to alter the course of cricket history when they face hosts England in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.

Since the tournament’s inception in 1973 – two years before the men’s World Cup began – it has been dominated by England and Australia, with New Zealand, in 2000, the only other nation to have won the event.

The final sees this year’s edition come full circle, with India having upset the form book to beat England by 35 runs in the tournament opener in Derby on June 24.

“It won’t be simple for England,” promised Mithali after her side’s stunning semi-final win.

A 36-run victory over the title-holders was built on Harmanpreet Kaur’s stunning 171 not out.

For Raj and India pace bowler Jhulan Goswami, the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker in women’s one-day international history individually, this could be the last chance the two 34-year-olds need to win the World Cup.

But the significance of the day goes a long ways beyond what it means to their cricket careers.

India’s win in the 1983 men’s World Cup final at Lord’s turned the nation on to limited overs cricket and led the world’s second-most crowded country to become the sport’s financial powerhouse.