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Indian women’s cricket team present signed bat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Indian women’s cricket team recently interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after returning from the World Cup in England and gave him a signed bat.

cricket Updated: Jul 28, 2017 13:45 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The Indian women’s cricket team met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.
The Indian women’s cricket team met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday.(Narendra Modi/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented with a signed cricket bat by the Indian Women’s cricket team, during their meeting in New Delhi recently.

India Women won many a hearts during their stunning run in the recently-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England. Led by the charismatic Mithali Raj, India Women stormed into the final of the tournament ahead of the likes of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

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However, India, who were once on a path to a historic World Cup win, conceded the contest to the hosts towards the end and returned home as runners-up, only to find that the entire nation was zealous in hailing their efforts in a tournament wherein they were not expected to turn up the way they did.

Before the final at Lord’s last Sunday, Modi had posted tweets on each of India’s cricketers. After the match, he hailed the team’s performance.

The Indian Women cricketers asked Modi about how he handles pressure, and also expressed their delight over the PM tweeting on them, PTI reported.

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“Telling the players that they had not “lost”, the Prime Minister said that 125 crore Indians carried their defeat in the final, on their shoulders, and this was, in fact, their greatest victory,” a release from Prime Minister’s Office read.

“Noting that India’s daughters have made the nation proud in many international sporting events, the Prime Minister said that the society is benefiting from the progress that women are making in various fields. Besides sports, he mentioned the school results of Class 10 and 12; and women space scientists who have played a key role in prestigious ISRO missions. The players presented a signed cricket bat to the Prime Minister,” it added.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 13:33 IST