Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami expressed gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for his visit to the team’s dressing room following India’s defeat in the ICC World Cup final in Ahmedabad on Sunday night.
Despite a streak of 10 consecutive victories, India faced a 6-wicket loss against Australia in the summit clash, resulting in their sole loss of the tournament.
Australia restricted India to 240 runs in 50 overs, and thanks to Travis Head’s exceptional 137-run innings, the Aussies chased down the target in 43 overs at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
During the match’s concluding stages, PM Modi arrived and presented the World Cup trophy to Australian captain Pat Cummins. Subsequently, he visited the Indian team’s dressing room after the post-match ceremony to meet the players and provide them with morale support following the disappointing defeat.
Shami, who emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 24 dismissals, took to social media, specifically X (formerly Twitter), to express appreciation for the Prime Minister’s visit and encouragement during this challenging moment.
A viral image captured the 33-year-old bowler hugging PM Modi, symbolizing the exchange of support between the team and the Prime Minister.
“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!” Shami tweeted.