World Cup: India's win over New Zealand attracts praise
Leaders across the political spectrum hailed Team India's crucial win over New Zealand in a top-of-the-table World Cup clash at the picturesque Dharamshala on Sunday. The win by four wickets saw the hosts take a giant step towards securing a semifinal spot in the quadrennial showpiece.
While India Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the congratulatory messages for Team India post the victory over the Kiwis, the likes of Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Sukhu and his former Karnataka counterpart Basavaraj Bommai, too, heaped praise on the hosts for coming out tops against the losing finalists from the last edition of the tournament.
Speaking to ANI after Ravindra Jadeja scored the winning runs for India, setting off wild scenes of jubilation in the stands at Dharamshala, Anurag Thakur told ANI, "It was an amazing performance by Team India today. Heartiest congratulations to the team on this stupendous win."
Himachal CM Sukhu said to ANI, "It was the first time that the Devbhoomi was playing host to a World Cup match and the team made it all the more special with a spectacular victory. This is a victory not just for the team but for the country."
"It was a dazzling performance by the Indian team. I congratulate them on their spirited performance and victory. The crowds and the fans, including myself, thoroughly enjoyed the match," former Himachal CM and BJP leader Jairam Thakur told ANI.
Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader also posted from his X handle, "What a phenomenal win! Huge congratulations to our team on a magnificent victory against New Zealand! Securing the pole position in the tournament is an incredible achievement. The fire within you is undeniable, and we have full faith that you will conquer every challenge en route to World Cup glory. Keep pushing yourselves to greatness! Good luck, champions!"
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, whose record for the most number of centuries in ODIs was under threat while Virat Kohli was at the crease, also posted on the "befitting top-of-the-table clash".
A five-for by paceman Mohammed Shami and another batting masterclass by 'Chase Master' Virat Kohli took India to a four-wicket win over the table-toppers.
The victory saw India snap its 20-year losing streak to the Kiwis in ICC events.