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PM Modi tracked IND vs ENG women’s cricket World Cup final, watched India bat

The Indian women’s cricket team may have lost the world cup final by the skin of their teeth, but they seem to have turned Prime Minister Narendra Modi into their biggest fan.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 12:25 IST
Saubhadra Chatterji
Saubhadra Chatterji
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Despite a busy schedule on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the Indian innings in the women’s world cup final and encouraged the team with a series of tweets.(HT Photo)

The heartbreak of losing the final of the world cup at Lord’s may rankle the Indian women’s cricket team for a long time.

But despite the disappointment, Prime Minister led the country in hailing the remarkable run of the Indian eves.

“Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen,” the PM tweeted after the match in which India lost by a narrow margin.

Earlier Sunday, Modi showered praises on the team and in a rare show of encouragement, tweeted on all individual members of the team.

“Captain Mithali Raj has been leading from the front. Her cool approach to the game shall surely help the entire team. @M_Raj03,” the PM tweeted for the team captain.

“Who is not a fan of Harmanpreet Kaur? Her stellar innings in semi finals will always be remembered. Do your best today! @ImHarmanpreet,” Modi said in another tweet.

“Jhulan Goswami is India’s pride, whose wonderful bowling helps the team in key situations. All the best Jhulan,” Modi tweeted.

In cricket crazy India, even the Prime Minister is not immune to the charm of willow and leather.

“He was tracking the game from time to time amid his schedule,” an official in his office said

While Modi couldn’t see a large part of the first innings when the English team batted, he managed to see the Indian innings. “In the evening, he had to go to Parliament for President Pranab Mukherjee’s farewell programme. After he came back, the PM watched the game,” said a source.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 12:23 IST