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India angry at team's loss at World Cup

18/03/2007 10:38:21 PM Comments (0)

Angry Indian cricket fans took to the streets across India on Sunday to angry at their team's poor performance in its upset loss to Bangladesh at the cricket World Cup.

Protesters in several cities burned effigies of Indian cricket players and chanted slogans against the team. Others threw shoes at posters of the players.

In Ranchi in eastern India, an angry mob attacked a home being built by wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni. Television footage showed the crowd destroying the outer wall of the house and knocking down half-built structures inside.

India lost to Bangladesh by five wickets in their opening game on Saturday in the tournament in the Caribbean, endangering their chances of progressing to the next round.

"Such a poor performance by the Indian team in its first match, against a weak team like Bangladesh, has broken our hearts," Parampreet Singh Bitty was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency. Bitty was among dozens of fans who burned pictures of Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in the northern city of Jalandhar, PTI said.

Newspapers were equally scathing of India's poor performance, particularly after all the hype and build-up to the World Cup, in which the Indian team was touted as one of the favourites to win the trophy.

"Campaign starts with a collapse," said the headline in the Hindustan Times.

"Mighty minnows put Asian powers on the mat," read the headline in the Sunday Times, referring to India's loss and their only consolation - that arch rival Pakistan had been knocked out of the tournament by Ireland.

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