Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met members of India’s T20 Blind Cricket team which recently won the World Cup and said their deeds are an inspiration for millions of people.
“Had a memorable interaction with our champion cricketers, the winners of the T-20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind,” Modi said.
“Inspired by their seniors, most of these cricketers picked up the game in their school days. Today, they are an inspiration to all of us,” he tweeted.
While interacting with the team members, the Prime Minister complimented them for their achievements and urged them to do even better in future.
He praised their concentration and special skill, and said their deeds are an inspiration for millions of people, including the Divyang, a PMO statement said.
The team members presented to Modi an autographed bat, a ball and a team jersey with the Prime Minister’s name.
The Prime Minister too autographed a bat and a ball for the team.
“Best wishes to the entire team that won the T-20 Cricket World Cup for the Blind. Keep playing well and making India proud of your game,” Modi said.
“I also congratulate the coaches, parents, friends & teachers of these cricketers who supported them during this unforgettable journey,” he added.
Later, Modi introduced the team members individually on his Twitter account along with photographs with them.
“Ajay Kumar Reddy became interested in cricket from school days! He has got over 50 ‘Man of the Series’ & several ‘Man of the Match’ awards,” he said in one of the tweets.
“Inspired by school seniors, Farhan developed an interest in cricket. He is a motivated player who has won several awards,” Modi wrote about another player.
“Prakasha Jayaramaiah always wanted to play cricket & that is what he did! He debuted in 2010 & has delivered many match winning performances,” he said.
Introducing Dunna Venkateswara, Modi said, “Hailing from AP, he played his first international tournament in 2011. His passion for cricket is phenomenal.”
In yet another tweet, the Prime Minister said, “My best wishes to young Faisal, for a wonderful cricketing career ahead. His diligence and dedication to the game are endearing.”
Talking about player Sunil, Modi said he “lost his vision due to an accident at the age of 4 but he continued to pursue cricket. He has won several awards for his performances.”
(With inputs from PTI)