The Twitter trend Panauti has gained momentum, sparked by a moment at Narendra Modi Stadium during the 2023 Cricket World Cup final
Prime Minister Modi, captured on camera waving and smiling, unknowingly became a symbol of India’s cricket misfortunes. Fans are connecting the dots, asserting that since Modi took office, India has faced a drought in securing ICC trophies.
Explained why is Panauti trending on Twitter after India vs Australia ODI Cricket World Cup final match 2023
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In the final against Australia, India’s hopes crumbled as they posted a total of 240 runs, losing all wickets on the last ball. Despite contributions from KL Rahul (66 off 107), Virat Kohli (54 off 63), and Rohit Sharma (47 off 31), they couldn’t withstand Mitchell Starc’s impressive 3/55, complemented by two wickets each from Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Australia’s response was led by Travis Head’s spectacular 137, supported by Marnus Labuschagne’s slower 58 off 110. Despite India’s efforts, the Aussies achieved the target in 43 overs, winning by six wickets.
A pivotal moment occurred when Mohammad Siraj bowled to Glenn Maxwell, securing the winning two runs. Maxwell’s shot, pulled wide of deep square leg, prompted a desperate dive from Kuldeep Yadav, but the batters completed the necessary runs just in time.
The defeat marked India’s ongoing struggle to clinch their third World Cup trophy, with their last ICC triumph dating back to 2013.
Viral Panauti Hashtag
In the post-match ceremony, Modi handed over the trophy to Australian captain Pat Cummins, further fueling social media backlash. With over 86.9k posts under the trending hashtag #Panauti, fans are expressing frustration, attributing India’s loss to an unfortunate jinx associated with the Prime Minister.
Australia secured a record sixth World Cup title with a resounding victory over hosts India. Travis Head’s century in the final elevated him to an elite league. However, India’s defeat led netizens to trend ‘panauti’ on X (formerly Twitter).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in the stadium, named after him during his lifetime, fueled the hashtag. Batting first, India scored 240, with KL Rahul top-scoring at 66. Mitchell Starc’s three wickets and an aggressive Australian run chase set the stage for a six-wicket win with seven overs to spare.