India's 'Golden Boy,' Neeraj Chopra, on Tuesday, November 20, took to X to show support for the Men in Blue after their defeat in the World Cup final against Australia. He, through the post, also commended the team for the unbeaten run in the tournament, until the final debacle, and said, "We'll never forget".
Along with the message, Chopra also posted a photo of himself overlooking the sea of blue at the Narendra Modi Stadium in the background. The photo was enough to trigger a controversy.
Team India, you made us proud. Hard luck in the final. It wasn't our night, but a tournament that we'll never forget. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/mDfeSINJHH
The star-studded final was attended by more than a couple of dozen celebrities, including politicians, former cricketers, their families, and Bollywood actors.
The attending celebs had their fair share of appearances on the broadcast on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar.
However, what irked the netizens the most was despite Chopra's attendance, he was not shown during the match.
Many fans came to know about Chopra attending the event only after he posted his photo from the stadium in Motera.
The photo received 4.8M views, 8.1 retweets and quotes, 835 comments, and 105K likes on X.
Fans are furious
One of the fans said, "They (broadcasters) were so busy showing those Bollywood jokers that they didn’t show the real champ on TV."
Some slammed the broadcaster for the goof-up and hailed Neeraj's recent performances to be "the only major achievement we (Indians) have had in sports lately."
However, a user thanked Neeraj for showing up and supporting Team India, while another said it would have been befitting for the BCCI to arrange Chopra's meeting with the team ahead of the match.
Some fans thanked Chopra for his support of Team India and his vocal support for Indian wrestlers, who had long been protesting against Brij Bhushan Singh, the BJP MP from Kaiserganj and the former Wrestling Federation of India Chairperson. The wrestlers had alleged Singh of sexual harassment.
Chopra had supported the wrestlers, saying "It hurts to see our athletes on the streets demanding justice."
Some called it a "glaring injustice to his monumental achievements."