Congratulations poured in on social media as soon as India beat arch rival Pakistan in a World Cup pool match, with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the nation in immediately tweeting their compliments.
A number of other cricketers, political leaders and Bollywood celebrities also took to the micro-blogging site to record their delight as India, which scored 300/7, bowled out Pakistan for 224.
“Congratulations Indian Team on victory in ICC World Cup’s first match; wish you continued success in coming matches,” President Mukherjee tweeted after the Indian team won the Adelaide encounter.
“Congrats Team India. Well played. We are all very proud of you,” the prime minister wrote on his Twitter handle @narendramodi.
“Congratulations to Team India for winning. All the best for coming matches,” tweeted Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an Olympian silver medallist and Arjuna awardee.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also congratulated the team.
“Whenever possible I follow India’s matches. Team India goodie goodie start to World Cup today. Congratulations,” Banerjee tweeted after India recorded their sixth straight win over the neighbouring nation in the quadrennial event.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “One of the great things about our victory is that the stars were players who had been out of form lately.”
A number of cricketers hailed the victory.
V.V.S. Laxman posted: “Congrats Team India.Clinical performance.Good to see the way the bowlers bowled today. Lots of positives #INDvPAK #CWC2015”, while Harbhajan Singh tweeted: “Well done boys.Gr8 win 2dy against Pakistan! Keep it up guys.well played @imVkohli @ImRaina and shikar super bowling #shami#keep the flag high”
Yuvraj Singh said: “Well done boys ! @imVkohli bigger the occasion bigger the performance ! Happy for Jatt ji @SDhawan25” and Zaheer Khan: “WELL DONE #TeamIndia !! Kick starting World Cup campaign with a huge win and maintaining winning record against Pakistan in World Cup.”
Bollywood stars, including Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn also rejoiced on India wining over Pakistan.
Lata tweeted: “Hamari Bhartiya Cricket team ko is jeet ke liye meri taraf se bohot bohot badhaai (I congratulate Team India for its victory)”.
Amitabh said: “YEEEAAAAHHHHH! India wins … my second prediction came true too … is it got something to do with the date 15th Feb! 15th Feb! historic date for me … on this date 46 years ago in 1969, I signed my 1st film to join the Film Industry. Well played INDIA … entire team showed resolve, talent and determination! May you continue such onwards …JAI HIND!”
Anupam Kher: JAI HO. Touch Wood. Ma Ka Thu Thu bhi kaam aaya. #GreatStart
Ajay Devgn: Woke up watching #IndvsPak match today. This is what I call a perfect Sunday and perfect start to the World Cup.
Riteish Deshmukh: World Cup Record Intact!
Dia Mirza: Nicely done @imVkohli!!! Many more to come #ICCWorldCup2015 #StayInYourZone 🙂 🙂 #INDvPAK
Arjun Rampal: Congratulations India.Great start, keeping our record intact.Fantastic game our team played.Outplayed them completely Virat man of the match.
Sushant Singh Rajput: Bleeding blue… What a start… way to go team India…!! #ProudDesi
Boman Irani: Well played India! Cool, clinical and in control! We sweated at home more then you did on the field. #INDvsPAK
Sonakshi Sinha: Yay!! We won
Manoj Bajpayee: Very impressive victory. congrats team India.
Shraddha Kapoor: WINNNN!!! #IndvsPak #INDIAAAAA
Preity Zinta: Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!! India wins the match. Awesomeeee! Now the grin is plastered across my face #PAKvsIND #CWC15 Am Loving it !
Sushmita Sen: Yessssssssss!!!!!!!! INDIA!!!!! Proud of our team!!!!!:) #IAMFamily 🙂 #CWC15