The beleaguered Indian cricket team got a much-needed word of "enouragement" in BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah's motivating e-mail to lift the players' spirits ahead of Sunday's third one-dayer against South Africa.
Shah's gesture came in the wake of hue and cry created by the Indian Parliamentarians after Rahul Dravid's team suffered a humiliating 157-run defeat in the second ODI at Durban.
"We wanted to encourage the team and lift the spirits of the players to motivate them before the third match," Shah said.
Shah revealed the contents of the e-mail, which read as: "Just 'as in the midst of darkness, light persists' may you and everyone in the team be blessed to feel that 'in the midst of defeat, victory persists' and 'in the midst of despair and distress, hope, confidence, courage and faith persist.
"The situation is not to get disheartened; but to re-strengthen the spirit and efforts, to resolve and to reaffirm the aim and target to attain such success, such victory and such achievements that can make the country very proud of the Indian Team," he wrote.
Shah said Chappell in his reply assured that the team was working hard and the players were "giving their all".
"Dear Gentlemen, I will be pleased to pass on the messages of support to the team who, I am pleased to say, have kept their heads up and are in good spirit. We need some breaks and a good start tomorrow and I believe we can make a good showing in the remaining matches," Chappell wrote in his reply.
"Please be assured that the boys are working hard and are giving their all," the coach said.