New Delhi: While fans mourned India’s exit from the ICC World Cup following the crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the semi-finals, Team India found a supporter in Prime Minister Narendra Modi who lauded its fighting spirit. Also Read - India vs Australia 1st ODI | Hardik Pandya Not Fit Enough to Bowl: Virat Kohli Claims Team India doesn't have Other All-round Options
The Prime Minister hailed the batting, bowling and fielding of the team. Taking to Twitter, he also mentioned that wins and losses were a part of life. He signed off by wishing the cricketers all the best for their future. “A disappointing result, but good to see ’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours,” read his post. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020, 1st ODI Match Report: Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa Star as Australia Beat India by 66 Runs to Take 1-0 Lead
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Though they’re a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love & respect. Congratulations to New Zealand on their well earned win, that gives them a place in the World Cup final.”
Meanwhile, the Kiwis have made it to yet another World Cup finals. India captain Virat Kohli lauded the Kiwis and thanked the fans for their support throughout the campaign.
“We knew we had a good day yesterday and were proud of it. Had a good time in the morning today as well and we had momentum with us. Credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they were really good with the new ball and hit the right areas. I think it was the skill level on display (from NZ bowlers) was there for all to see. I think Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performance today that’s a huge positive for his skill-set,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation.