ENG vs NZ World Cup 2023 Opener : In a highly anticipated showdown, the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 kicked off on October 5th, featuring a riveting rematch of the 2019 World Cup final, with England locking horns with New Zealand. The world was abuzz with excitement as cricket enthusiasts eagerly awaited the tournament’s commencement.
However, the absence of an elaborate opening ceremony was not the only startling aspect of this grand spectacle. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, handpicked as the venue for this monumental event, witnessed a dishearteningly sparse turnout, with only approximately 20% of its seating capacity occupied.
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The glaring emptiness that pervaded the stadium’s stands did not escape the discerning eyes of cricket aficionados worldwide. Their disappointment echoed across various social media platforms, where they expressed their discontent with fervor. Many fans were quick to point fingers at the tournament’s organizers, contending that they had erred in inaugurating cricket’s most prestigious event with such a lackluster audience presence.
Moreover, some even directed their ire towards Indian cricket supporters, criticizing them for not filling the stadium to its brim for what was unquestionably one of the most pivotal matches in the World Cup.
As the cricketing world tuned in to witness this monumental clash between two cricketing giants, social media platforms became the battleground for impassioned reactions. Here are some excerpts from fans who took to social media to express their sentiments: