In a heartfelt gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Indian dressing room to console the cricket team following their crushing defeat against Australia. The Prime Minister’s Office has released a video capturing PM Modi’s interaction with the players.
In the video, PM Modi can be seen consoling the entire team, including captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. In a reassuring tone, he told Rohit and Virat, “It keeps happening, you have won 10 continuous matches. It keeps happening. Smile, the whole country is watching.” Holding hands with both players, Modi aimed to uplift their spirits.
The defeat had a profound impact, with some Indian cricketers visibly emotional, while others retreated into contemplation. During his visit to the dressing room, Modi extended a supportive hug to pacer Mohammed Shami, the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Yesterday, the cricketers, moved by the Prime Minister’s gesture, took to social media to share their gratitude and thoughts on the encounter.
“We had a great tournament, but we ended up short yesterday. We are all heartbroken, but the support of our people is keeping us going. PM @narendramodi’s visit to the dressing room yesterday was special and very motivating,” expressed Jadeja, accompanied by a picture with Modi.
Shami, echoing similar sentiments, posted a picture with the Prime Minister and a message on his X, formerly Twitter, page, stating, “Unfortunately, yesterday was not our day. I would like to thank all Indians for supporting our team and me throughout the tournament. Thankful to PM @narendramodi for specially coming to the dressing room and raising our spirits. We will bounce back!”
PM Modi, displaying solidarity with the cricket team, also shared a message on social media, stating, “Dear Team India, Your talent and determination throughout the World Cup were noteworthy. You’ve played with great spirit and brought immense pride to the nation. We stand with you today and always.”
In times of disappointment, the Prime Minister’s visit serves as a reminder of the nation’s unwavering support, providing the team with the motivation needed to face future challenges.