Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced the state's highest sports honour -Eklavya Award - for Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan, members of the Indian squad that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
"Today, the entire country is celebrating victory of the Indian cricket team. Cricket in India is a game that is associated with patriotism. Yesterday, Indian team have honoured the nation and fulfilled the aspirations of the 121 crore Indians," Modi said inaugurating a seminar on human resource development by the Raksha Shakti University (RSU) here.
"I congratulate all players for the feat. In this team there are two youths from Gujarat, bhai Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel. My special congratulations to them," he said.
"Gujarat government has decided that both Munaf and Yusuf would be awarded with the highest sports honours of the state - Eklavya Award," Modi said.
He said honouring Munaf and Yusuf would be in a way honouring the strength of the youths of the country.
The Eklavya award includes a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a memento and a certificate of honour.