The Indian cricket team’s performance in the recent series against Australia was inspiring in many ways. They were bowled out for 36 in the first Test, were plagued by injuries on a consistent basis and were missing some key players. However, India overcame the odds and registered a historic series win in Australia for the second straight time as they won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. The win was made even sweeter when they managed to beat Australia by three wickets in the final Test in Brisbane which ended the Australian cricket team’s 32-year dominance at their fortress. The win by the Indian cricket team is still being hailed as one of the greatest and cricket fans are still celebrating the victory.
The performance of the Indian cricket team was followed very closely by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had congratulated the team on his Twitter handle after the win. Now, in the recent convocation ceremony at Tezpur University in Assam on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again hailed the Indian cricket team’s performance in Australia and stated they had given an important life lesson of immense self-belief to billions of Indians. Speaking virtually to staff and students, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recounted every key event of the recently concluded series between India and Australia and said they were an inspiration.
“Everyone closely followed the tour of Australia. The challenges that the Indian cricket team faced were immense. After a horrible loss, they recovered very quickly. So much so, we won the next match. Despite injuries, our players held firm and saved the next match in an epic way. They encountered challenging conditions. Instead of getting bogged down, they took on the challenge whole-heartedly. They looked for new solutions. Some players lacked experience but their determination was immense. When they got the opportunity, they seized the opportunity and created history. The Indian team, with their talent and temperament, managed to beat Australia in their own den. It was their strength and willpower that allowed them to beat Australia,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
Speaking at the Convocation of @TezpurUniv. https://t.co/ROb59hi5HL
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 22, 2021
Important life lessons for Indians
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quick to point out that the performance of the Indian cricket team had given plenty of life lessons to 130 crore Indians. “The performance by the Indian cricketers should not be looked at through a sporting prism. This is a life lesson for all. The first lesson should be we must have confidence and the ability to back ourselves. The second is our mindset. If we go ahead with a positive mindset, only then the result will be positive. If we try to win and we taste defeat, then there is no loss. Taking risks and experimentation is important. We must be proactive and fearless,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
The Indian cricket team’s proper utilisation and calm thinking were made possible by the atmosphere of security created by India head coach Ravi Shastri and the skipper Ajinkya Rahane and it was this duo that ensured India scripted history in Australia in a dramatic way.
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