Modi, Sachin congratulate Indian Cricket Team on winning against SA

Puri: International sand artist Sudarshan Patanaik create a sand art on Cricket World cup 2015 in Puri on Feb. 2, 2015. (Photo: Arabinda Mahapatra/IANS)

The Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi has congratulated Indian Cricket Team on winning the match against South Africa in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and he was joined by sports minister and Sachin Tendulkar.

“Great performance. Well played. Congrats Team India. You make us proud yet again”, the Prime Minister said.

Even Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has congratulated Indian Cricket Team on winning the pool match against South Africa and appreciated Shikhar Dhawan getting ‘player of the match’ fame in the match.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar said: “Terrific performance team India. First win in a World Cup against South Africa. First time for me in the stands in a World Cup. Memorable firsts,” in a tweet.

Guided by Shikhar Dhawan’s match-winning knock of 137, India posted a strong total of 307/7 off their 50 overs. In reply, South Africa folded up for 177 in only 40.2 overs.

The former right-handed batsman also expressed his feelings about visiting the historic 90,000-capacity stadium. “Always special to be back at cricket stadiums. Atmosphere at the MCG is fantastic! #CWC15 #IndvsSA,” tweeted the 41-year-old, posting a selfie with the crowd in the background.

Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of the ICC World Cup 2015. The crowd at the iconic stadium erupted in loud cheers, chanting “Sachin! Sachin!” after getting a glimpse of the former opening batsman on the big screens at the ground. Tendulkar, in response, waved to the jubilant spectators, who were mostly Indians.

Later, several photos of Tendulkar went viral on social networking sites where he was seen in-and-around the stadium. Tendulkar was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad.(With inputs from IANS)


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