Reacting to news channel Times Now's #ShamedinSydney posts on social media, Twitter users started using #ShameOnTimesNow, criticising journalist Arnab Goswami for shaming team India's defeat in the semi-final match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Team India lost to Australia by 95 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground, on Thursday.
The defeat did not trigger much anger among cricket lovers, but the channel started posting humiliating messages about the team's performance on Twitter. Goswami also discussed India's loss in the series on the channel's debate programme late in the evening.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 26, 2015
Some of tweets posted by Times Now include comments from a senior sports journalist Kishore Bhimani, former Indian test cricketer Atul Wasan and others who found India's performance on Thursday inefficient.
We feel humiliated that we went down without a fight: Kishore Bhimani, Senior Sports Journalist
We are angry that there was no leadership in today's game against Australia: Kishore Bhimani, Senior Sports Journalist
There was no planning & body language was terrible in today's match. Kohli came to bowl instead of Ashwin:Kishore Bhimani, Sports Journalist
We lost because we were not good enough like Australia: Atul Wasan, Former Indian Test Cricketer
We had no logic & no dedication in this game. They played the game as if they were not answerable to anyone: Saad Bin Jung, Fmr Ranji Player
Despite immense effort, the channel failed to sell out their strategy of shaming team India, and instead brought shame upon themselves.
Instead of falling for the channel's theories, cricket fans expressed their support to team India and its captain MS Dhoni.
Champion u were..champion u r...champion u WL alwyz b...thanks 4 giving so many proud moments !!!#DareToBeDhoni: Rekha Jain
They lashed out at the channel for the debate hosted by Goswami, calling it unprofessional journalism.
#ShameOnTimesNow expect an apology from arnab. Cheap journalism
— Gaurav Kumar Patil (@drgauravpatil) March 27, 2015
#ShameOnTimesNow Mr Goswami,now this twitter handle is called being LOUD & clear.Get it? Shouting & screaming in your own studio isn't so.
— Richa Sinha (@RichaSinha) March 27, 2015
Love that #ShameOnTimesNow , its about time that we actually stood up for our team! And honestly, Sad to see that journalism has sunk so low
— Tarini (@tarinivifisingh) March 27, 2015
— Tinu Nebhani (@dhoni_srk28) March 27, 2015
The least our media can do is respect Dhonii for winning a T-20 World Cup, 50 Overs World Cup, a ChampionsTrophy etc #DareToBeDhoni
— Vikram#HDL (@VikramSanghi11) March 27, 2015
On the other hand, national broadcasting channel Doordarshan took the opportunity to shine out as several appreciated it for supporting team India and talking positively about it.
DD tweeted saying, "Team India - we're always with you - through good times and bad Tough luck after an impeccable CWC so far..."
To which Twitterati called DD "the best news channel".
@DDNational this is the right way!: Ushy Mohan Das
@DDNational u r the best news channel: कविराज Vishnu
@DDNational this is quality journalism @TimesNow should learn from u guys to respect nations sentiment over trp #ShameOnTimesNow: Jemimal