Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hosted the women's cricket team after they returned from Lodon after participating in Women's World Cup. The team lost the final to England in the final.
Modi told the players that they made the nation proud like several other "daughters" of the country. He posted a series of tweets before the match to wish luck to the team and to players individually. He had also tweeted soon after the match to hail the team's performance.
During the interaction, the players said that this was the first time that they had seen a prime minister tweet for the women's cricket team, the PMO said.
They said that they felt proud, happy and inspired to know that the prime minister was following their progress, PMO said in a statement.
Responding to questions asked by the players on handling pressure, the prime minister said that Yoga helps achieve a good balance between mind, body and action. He also said that practice of Yoga helps develop detachment, it said.
पीएम मोदी जी ने महिला क्रिकेट टीम से खुलकर बात की और उनका हौसला बढ़ाया | 1/2 pic.twitter.com/k0OMrjo12Q— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 27, 2017
Telling the players that they had not "lost", the prime minister said that 125 crore Indians carried their defeat in the final, on their shoulders, and this was, in fact, their greatest victory, the statement said.
He said India's daughters have made the nation proud in many international sporting events and that the society is benefiting from the progress that women are making in various fields.
पीएम मोदी जी ने बोला कि हार के बावजूद देशवासियों ने दिल से टीम के जज़्बे और खेल भावना को सराहा, टीम का प्रदर्शन अत्यंत प्रेरणादायक है | 2/2 pic.twitter.com/pYAUc50Oix— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 27, 2017
The players presented a signed cricket bat to the Prime Minister.