Tributes pour in for India's women cricket team
Tributes poured in for Indian women's cricket team desptite their heart-breaking loss to England in the ICC World Cup with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailing the team for its tenacity and skills.
"Our women cricketers gave their best today. They have shown remarkable tenacity & skill through the World Cup. Proud of the team! @BCCIWomen," Modi tweeted.
Former cricketers, led by Sachin Tendulkar, also hailed the team for their overall performance in the tournament.
"Feel for all of you, #WomenInBlue! You were good throughout but sometimes it is not meant to be. Congrats England on winning #WWC17Final!," said Tendulkar, who was part of India's 2003 World Cup team that had lost the finals to Australia.
Virender Sehwag wrote: "Super proud of the girls. Tough luck today but womens cricket in India has truly arrived.
Thank you girls. Salute your spirit."
Stylish former batsman VVS Laxman also said the country is proud of the way they performed in the tournament.
"To @M_Raj03 & every member of the @BCCIWomen team,you may have lost the finals but you won the hearts of the entire country??Proud of u all????," he wrote.
Saluting the team, former spinner Bishan Bedi wrote: "All said/done let's salute @M_Raj03's team fr making Ind aware o Women Power n International Crkt-hold yur chin up girls-V r proud o U all!!."
Former BCCI president Anurag Thakur also took to social media to hail the team for their inspiring journey.
"Dear #WomenInBlue ????you are our CHAMPIONS & we're immensely proud of you today! What a beautifully inspiring journey! @BCCIWomen," he wrote.
Olympic shooter Gagan Narang wrote: "Despite the outcome welldone @BCCIWomen for the dream run and exceptional performances #WWCFinal17 #INDvsEng Good Luck for the future????".
Five-time World Champion MC Mary Kom also saluted the team for their overall display at the World Cup.
"My SALUTE to our Indian Women's Cricket team and supporting teams for an excellent performance #WomenInBlue #WWC17," she wrote.