Former England skipper Michael Vaughan mocked English support in the game against India. India and England are currently playing at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
The match is a must win one for the hosts. Despite this, it appears that England supporters did not turn out when compared to their Indian counterparts. The 44-year old took a sly dig on the English supporters via his Twitter handle.
“So far we have counted 86 England fans at Edgbaston .. Including the team & management .. #CWC19,” he tweeted.
So far we have counted 86 England fans at Edgbaston .. Including the team & management .. #CWC19
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 30, 2019
Birmingham has a strong Indian community in and around the city. This has helped India gain the upper hand against hosts on Sunday. Even in the other games in this world cup, India enjoyed tremendous support.
It is a commendable effort by Indian cricket fans to outdo the hosts in their own backyard. It is quite evident that India has lot of support in world cups despite the venue, but this is quite an achievement to outdo home supporters by a huge margin.
The Michael Vaughan’s tweet sums up the situation perfectly at Edgbaston today. On the other hand, England need to win this game to ensure that their semi final hopes remain firmly in their own hands.
However, a win against England today will also seal the semi final place for India. But India are in a much comfortable position at the moment as they still have two games to go after the match against England.
Both the teams are considered the best ODI teams in the world for quite sometime now.
India made a change for this crucial game. Talented Rishabh Pant is drafted into the team while Vijay Shankar made way. Apparently, Vijay Shankar has a toe niggle. On the other hand, England also made two changes to their starting lineup.
Jason Roy made his way back into the side after his hamstring injury against West Indies. Moeen Ali was also dropped against India in favour of Liam Plunkett. The game was dubbed to be the best match of the tournament before the world cup began.
However, considering England’s woeful form, the same context was not seen prior to the match. But India and England are undoubtedly the best ODI teams in the world. The spectators are in for a very good match with quality cricket.