The Indian cricket team’s recent performance has earned them glowing praise from all quarters, but the accolades from Prime Minister Narendra Modi have left Virat Kohli and Co floored. (Why Mohammed Shami criticised by fans)
Modi lauded Team India’s showing during his recent ‘Mann ki Baat’ address to the nation. “Being Indians, it is natural for us to feel elated. In the cricket series against England, India triumphed 4-0. In this, the performance of some of the younger players deserves a special word of praise.
“The Indian team’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also has been declared as the ‘Cricketer of the Year’ and the ‘Best Test Cricketer’ by the ICC (International Cricket Council) for 2016. My heartiest congratulations and many good wishes go to all of them,” Modi had said on Sunday.
Nair and Rahul thanked the PM on Twitter, with India coach Anil Kumble and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also following suit.
Test skipper Kohli, meanwhile, tweeted: “Thank you @narendramodi Sir for all the kind words; your support will always help us strive for better.”
The India Test team ended 2016 as the world’s top-ranked side, 15 points ahead of second-placed Australia.
Not only did they brush aside England 4-0 in the five-Test series, they also beat New Zealand 3-0 at home earlier this year.
In the same address, Modi also lauded the men’s junior hockey team for its triumph in the Junior World Cup.