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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Acknowledging the fighting spirit displayed until the last overs despite suffering early setbacks in terms of losing its top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has received a pat on the back for the die-hard spirit shown in the cricket world cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

    Leading the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, celebrities, and netizens heaped praise on the die-hard spirit of Team India, who crashed out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England with an 18-run defeat by New Zealand in the rain-affected semi-final.

    Prime Minister Modi extended his best wishes, applauding the team’s “fighting spirit till the very end”. Member of Parliament of the opposition Congress party Rahul Gandhi and other politicians have also wished the team well in future matches.

    Bollywood celebrities showered both praise and love on Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his teammates in their “moment of grief”.

    B-Town hunks Aamir Khan and Shahid Kapoor and divas like Nimrat Kaur were immensely proud of the team’s effort.

    Humbled by the heartfelt wishes, Skipper Kohli thanked supporters for making the tournament a “memorable” one.

    India's team performed in stellar fashion during the group stages of the tournament and topped the points table going into the semi-final, fell to fourth ranked New Zealand in the knock out encounter at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Wednesday.

    Though, millions of Indians were left heartbroken seeing their dream of the World Cup being lifted by the Indian cricketers being shattered, the latter were applauded for not giving up.

    Australia, meanwhile, will take on arch-rivals England in the second semi-final of the World Cup at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham on Thursday. Today’s winner will clash with New Zealand in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup Final to be played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on 14 July (Sunday)

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