WATCH: Indian fans cheer for heartbroken South African team after T20 World Cup Final

Team India achieved a monumental victory in the 2024 T20 World Cup, breaking an 11-year drought by securing their second title in the tournament’s history. The final, held at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on June 29, saw Rohit Sharma-led India triumph over Aiden Markram‘s South Africa in a thrilling contest. The victory marked a significant milestone for Indian cricket, ending years of anticipation and near misses in major ICC tournaments.

Indian fans show support for disheartened South African team

In a heartwarming display of sportsmanship, a video has surfaced showing Indian fans cheering for the disheartened South African team after their narrow loss in the final. The video, which has gone viral on social media, captures the South African players and their families receiving loud cheers and applause from a large group of Indian supporters as they boarded their team bus. The gesture took place at the Kensington Oval and has been widely praised for its spirit of camaraderie and respect.

Sportsmanship praised

The video of Indian fans encouraging the South African team has garnered widespread acclaim for exemplifying true sportsmanship. Despite their team’s victory, the Indian fans’ appreciation for the efforts of the Proteas highlights the unifying power of sports. The South African team, led by Markram, had also been unbeaten throughout the tournament and made a historic entry to their first World Cup final in 32 years. Their valiant effort in the final, pushing India to the last over, won them admiration from fans and critics alike.

Here is the video:

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Match summary

Opting to bat first, India set a competitive target by scoring 176/7 in their 20 overs, thanks to a stellar performance from Virat Kohli, who scored 76 runs off 59 balls, and a crucial contribution from Axar Patel, who added 47 runs off 31 balls.

In response, South Africa fought valiantly but fell just short, managing 169/8 in their 20 overs. Key Indian bowlers Hardik Pandya (3/20), Arshdeep Singh (2/20), and Jasprit Bumrah (2/18) were instrumental in restricting the Proteas. Despite the loss, South Africa’s determination and competitive spirit were evident throughout the match.

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