After New Zealand lost badly to Australia, thousands of Cricket fans stormed onto streets in India to express their anger. They burned the pictures of McCullum and his teammates for their abject surrender.
Normally the fans wave black flags during protests like these, but this time they were confused as black is the colour of New Zealand team. Some analysts feel this is expected of Indian Cricket fans and McCullum should have thought about this before writing an open letter for Indians support to his team.
One leading News channel in India is planning to trend #ShamedInMelbourne hash tag tonight in Twitter. A famous Indian stats guru said its New Zealand bowlers who are at fault. 183 is the exact score posted by India at Lords in 1983 and New Zealand batsmen did the same. Their bowlers didn’t bowl like India.
Meanwhile security has been tightened for New Zealand cricketers and their homes back in their country. New Zealand officials are not taking any chances considering huge Indian population in Australia.
As expected, BCCI is not happy with these events. They wrote a strong letter to McCullum reminding him that only their organization has the sole rights over Indian cricket fans. He was politely reminded about his IPL contract. Similarly NZ cricket association was reminded about bilateral tours scheduled for this year.
Some liberals in India see a dangerous trend in these events. They attribute the recent twitter attack on Anushka Sharma to patriarchy and the current attack on New Zealand cricket team to xenophobia. They say this trend is increasing under Modi’s new government. Meanwhile prime minister Modi has congratulated the Australian team on Twitter tagging one of his BFF’s Tony Abbot.