ICC World Cup 2023: After an electrifying Mohammed Siraj bowling showdown at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, India emerged as the champions of the Asia Cup 2023,in a one-sided final, India heads to ICC World Cup 2023 with great strength. While the match itself was a no-contest, social media platforms were set ablaze with hilarious memes capturing the essence of the game.
The world of social media experienced a surge in creativity as fans and meme enthusiasts took to platforms like X (formerly Twitter) to craft witty, humorous, and at times, downright hilarious memes. These digital masterpieces captured the spirit of the match, highlighting key moments and player expressions.
But behind the humor and memes, one man’s performance stood out and left cricket fans in awe – Mohammed Siraj. The bright and sunny afternoon turned overcast 10 minutes before the scheduled start. Once the Asia Cup final finally got going 40 minutes late, a capacity crowd at the R. Premadasa Stadium had one eye on the sky, with a thunderstorm predicted to hit the Sri Lankan capital, on September 17.
While the dark clouds stayed away, the Siraj-storm struck Sri Lanka so hard that it literally blew the home team away. Riding on Mohammed Siraj’s sensational opening burst, India bundled out Sri Lanka for 50 in just 89 minutes.
Sri Lanka’s innings turned into a nightmare, with the Indian bowlers proving too hot to handle. Pathum Nissanka managed a mere 2 runs off 4 balls, Kusal Perera departed for a golden duck, and Kusal Mendis top-scored with 17 runs off 34 balls.
The Sri Lankan batting lineup collapsed, managing a paltry total of 50 runs in 15.2 overs. Mohammed Siraj was the star for India, taking a remarkable 6 wickets for just 21 runs in his 7 overs, while Jasprit Bumrah contributed with 1 wicket for 23 runs in 5 overs. Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav also chipped in with crucial wickets.
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The performance was so exceptional that it even drew praise from Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, who expressed excitement over Mohammed Siraj’s performance and said he felt bad for Sri Lankans as a supernatural force was unleashed upon them. “I don’t think I have EVER before felt my heart weep for our opponents… It’s as if we have unleashed a supernatural force upon them… @mdsirajofficial you are a Marvel Avenger…” Anand Mahindra wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
In response to Anand Mahindra’s post, one user requested him to gift an SUV to Mohammed Siraj, and the business tycoon replied positively. “Sir please give him an SUV,” to which Anand Mahindra replied “Been there, done that…”.
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As India celebrates its Asia Cup victory, cricket fans are now looking ahead to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with great anticipation. The question on everyone’s mind is whether Mohammed Siraj can replicate his bowling magic on the world stage, leading India to glory in the upcoming tournament.
Only time will tell, but for now, the cricketing world is reveling in Siraj’s extraordinary performance and the social media frenzy it has ignited – and the chant will grow louder “Siraj once More” as the ICC World Cup 2023 unveils the biggest cricket extravaganza.
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Ahmedabad will host World Cup 2023 opener between England and New Zealand on 5 October as well as the final on 19 November, Nine more venues confirmed for the ‘biggest Cricket World Cup ever’
Ten teams feature in what will be the biggest Cricket World Cup ever, to be played across 10 venues from 5 October to 19 November, with the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad hosting the tournament opener and the final.
The other nine venues are Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamsala, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune. Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram will join Hyderabad in hosting the practice games.
Defending champions England will take on New Zealand in a much-awaited clash between the 2019 World Cup finalists that opens the tournament in Ahmedabad, while hosts India will face-off against five-time winners Australia in Chennai on 8 October.
Ahmedabad will also host matches between traditional rivals India and Pakistan (15 October) and Australia and England (4 November).
Eight teams have qualified for the 46-day event through the Cricket World Cup Super League while the final two spots will be taken by the finalists of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier taking place in Zimbabwe.