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Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri Thanks PM Modi For Appreciating Team India
By CricShots - Feb 1, 2021 12:16 pm
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The Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri thanked PM Narendra Modi for his “kind words” about the Indian team’s memorable Test series against Australia in their own backyard while the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli tweeted the national flag as he too reacted to PMO India’s tweet. While addressing his ‘Mann Ki Baat’, PM Modi praised the Indian team’s grit and determination and the way players made a comeback to clinch a series win in Australia, after “initial hiccups”.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi

Tweeting about the same, PM Modi wrote: “This month, we got good news from the cricket pitch. After initial hiccups, the Indian team bounced back gloriously and won the series in Australia. Our team’s hard work and teamwork was inspiring.”

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Thanking PM Modi, Shastri said that 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 strengthen #TeamIndia and India’s resolve to perform under pressure and in trying circumstances. Jai Hind!” Shastri wrote, in response to a tweet put out by the PMO India.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who recently got discharged from Kolkata hospital on Sunday after his second heart operation, also expressed his gratitude to PM Modi for recognizing Team India’s historic series win Down Under.

The four-match Test series against Australia started with a disappointing loss within three days for India after they scored their lowest-ever total in Test cricket in the second innings. However, Indian players rose to the challenge in the following games and played with great intent, in both departments.

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Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in Virat Kohli’s absence, led by example scoring a century in the Boxing-day Test as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the second match. With odds stacked against them in the third Test, Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin both battled injuries, showing great resilience to save the match, by playing out close to 50 overs on the final day.

In the final Test, Team India played without several main players who were ruled out due to injuries. However, they managed to pull off a win in the Gabba Test as India retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after overcoming all the hurdles.