After Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised India’s Test series victory in Australia during his 73rd Mann Ki Baat program, Minister Jay Shah of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday that the former’s encouraging words and the energy of the Indian cricket team for future challenges. “Thank you for your words of encouragement, PM @narendramodi. This will boost the morale and energy levels of the whole Indian cricket for future challenges,” Shah tweeted.
On his first radio show this year, the Prime Minister said: “This month we got good news from the cricket field. After the initial hiccup, the Indian team bounced back gloriously and won the series in Australia. The hard work and teamwork of our team was inspiring. “
Meanwhile, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal also thanked the Prime Minister for his words of gratitude.
“It is heartening to see our Prime Minister @narendramodi appreciate the efforts of our boys on the cricket pitch. Indeed, the young team has inspired the country’s youth to take up any challenge with the utmost confidence,” Dhumal tweeted.
On January 19, Australia’s fortress – The Gabba – was finally breached. It took 32 years and two months, but the unthinkable was achieved after an injury-ridden young Indian team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the fourth Test to win the series 2-1.
The last time a visiting team triumphantly emerged from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was in November 1988, when the powerful West Indian group led by Viv Richards knocked off the Allan Border team by 9 wickets.
India had bundled for 36 in Adelaide and the team stumbled on an eight wicket loss. Skipper Virat Kohli also returned home after being given paternity leave, but under Rahane, the team showed remarkable struggle and determination to win the series. The visitors were also bothered by injuries during the tour, but this didn’t bother the spirit of the team when a young squad emerged triumphantly in the final test at the Gabba.
India’s momentous victory had also seen them topple Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim second place.
On Saturday, Jay Shah was appointed chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
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