World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes Team India best luck for their sojourn
Yuzvendra Chahal's exploits of 4/51 restricted South Africa to 227/9 in the first innings.
Updated - Jan 10, 2020 8:25 pm
The Indian team finally started their journey in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 as they faced South Africa in their first match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 5, 2019. South Africa, meanwhile, have played two matches already, losing both of them to England and Bangladesh respectively and are looking to win this one to keep themselves from falling further in the pit.
The Indian team is led by Virat Kohli for the first time in the ICC World Cup after being the deputy to MS Dhoni in 2015 edition and has perhaps the best team ever fielded in the tournament. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, and KL Rahul leading the batting lineup along with Kohli; and the bowling lineup seeing Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the spin twins Chahal and Kuldeep; the Indian team is definitely one of the favourites to win the title.
Narendra Modi wishes Indian team; says win hearts as well as matches
Indian’s newly re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently won the 2019 general elections with his party BJP with an amazing majority, which saw the ruling party emerging as the sole leader in the polls. It got more than 300 seats on its own, going past the majority needed in the parliament easily. Along with its allies, BJP and Modi have promised to continue their good work of the past five years, in the coming period as well.
The Indian team had made it into the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2015, the last time Modi was Indian Prime Minister and this time, the PM has ensured that he gives his wishes to the Indian team and it was filled with advice as well. He asked the team to not only win the games but wins hearts as well with their sportsmanship spirit.
Modiji tweeted,” As #TeamIndia begins it’s #CWC19 journey today, best wishes to the entire Team. May this tournament witness good cricket and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship. खेल भी जीतो और दिल भी ! #INDvSA”
May this tournament witness good cricket and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.
खेल भी जीतो और दिल भी ! #INDvSA
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019
Meanwhile, India has the upper hand in their opening encounter against South Africa as Bumrah picked two wickets, sending back Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock, while Chahal accounted for skipper Faf du Plessis, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller and Andile Phelukhwayo as South Africa ended their inning by scoring 227/9 in 50 overs.