MUMBAI: India might have suffered a heartbreaking exit from the World T20 after their stunning loss to the West Indies, but the cricketing fraternity led by Sachin Tendulkar lauded the home team for its impressive performance and asked the players not to lose heart.
India lost to the West Indies in the semifinals here last night to bow out of the tournament, breaking hearts of the millions of cricket-crazy fans who would have liked the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team to the lift the trophy for the the second time.
"Tough luck boys. It was a good match and well fought! Best wishes to West Indies and England for the finals," Tendulkar tweeted.
Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha backed the home team to the hilt despite the loss. Proud of the Indian cricket team, no matter what. Very well played!! Great effort guys right from the start," he tweeted.
Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath said he had not seen a game like the India vs West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium.
"What a game!! I've never seen anything like it. @westindies will need next 2 days to get over celebrations tonight #WT20," he tweeted.
Commenting about the match, former England captain Michael Vaughan said on his Twitter account, "Forget the result .... That was a fantastic game of Cricket ... 2 great teams .. Brilliant pitch .. Incredible crowd... Bloody Love T20 .."
Legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble said the Indians did not field well.
"Well done WI. India, not good on the field today," Kumble tweeted. West Indian batting great Brian Lara was delighted with the outcome of the match.
"Great great great!!! Well done Windies!!! #silence #wankhede #WestindiesvsEngland #ICCWT20 #finals proud to be West Indian," Lara wrote.
Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene picked Ravindera Jadeja for criticism.
"Jadeja loses plot when there is no turn," the Lankan great said.