Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “kind words” about Team India’s memorable test series against Australia in their own backyard, while India captain Virat Kohli tweeted the national flag as he too responded to PMO India’s tweet. Prime Minister Modi on his “Mann Ki Baat” address praised the Indian team’s persistence and determination and the way players fought back after “initial hiccups” to take a series win in Australia. “This month we got some 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,” said PM Modi during his’ Mann Ki Baat ‘. speech as tweeted by PMO India.
Shastri thanked Prime Minister Modi and said his kind words will further motivate the team to perform even better under pressure, no matter how difficult the circumstances.
“Thank you sir. Your kind words will further reinforce #TeamIndia and India’s resolve to perform under pressure and in difficult circumstances. Jai Hind!” Shastri wrote in response to a tweet from PMO India.
– Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 31, 2021
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 31, 2021
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, who was released from Kolkata hospital on Sunday after his second heart surgery, also expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for acknowledging the remarkable achievement of the Indian cricket team Down Under.
Sincere thanks and thanks to the Honorable Prime Minister for acknowledging the achievements of the Indian cricket team in Australia.
– Sourav Ganguly (@ SGanguly99) January 31, 2021
Thank you Shri Narendra Modi Ji for your acknowledgment and kind words
We will continue to do our best to make the nation proud
– cheteshwar pujara (@ cheteshwar1) January 31, 2021
– Ajinkya Rahane (@ ajinkyarahane88) January 31, 2021
Thank you for your kind words, sir. https://t.co/m6whAG0GAc
– Washington Sundar (@ Sundarwashi5) January 31, 2021
Thank you very much to the Honorable Prime Minister for appreciating the performance of the Indian cricket team in Australia. Please keep supporting us and we are proud to be a part of the Indian Cricket Team #TeamIndia #MannKiBaat https://t.co/bkKQ1X12SS
– Mohammad Shami (@ MdShami11) January 31, 2021
India started the four-game streak with a disappointing loss within three days after scoring their lowest total ever in Test cricket in the second innings.
However, Indian players took up the challenge in the following games and played on purpose, in both divisions.
Ajinkya Rahane, captain of the squad in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, for example, led by scoring a hundred in Melbourne when India beat Australia by eight wickets in the second match.
With chances stacked against them in the third Test, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin both battled their injuries and showed great resilience to save the match by playing nearly 50 overs on the final day.
In the last Test, Team India played without a number of main players who were excluded due to injuries.
But an unknown Indian team managed to do what no other side could do in the past 32 years: beat Australia in a test match at Gabba.
The Brisbane win helped India keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after overcoming all the hurdles.
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