The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded  the sportsman spirit of cricket players from both India and Afghanistan, displayed during the ‘historic’ one-off Test match between the two teams on June 14.

In his address to the nation during the 45th episode of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme, Prime Minister Modi praised the Indian cricket team for their gesture during the Test match against Afghanistan, according to ANI.

Modi said “I will remember this first match as the Indian team did something exemplary to the whole world. What does a winning team do after receiving the trophy? The Indian team, while receiving the trophy, warmly invited the Afghanistan team which had played its first international match to pose together for photographs. This is an example of sportsmanship.”

“Sports is a great medium for the integration of society. It is also a great medium to find out the talent in the youths. I congratulate India and Afghanistan cricket teams. I hope they will keep playing the game against each other with sportsman spirit,” he added.

Afghanistan recently became the 12th side to feature in men’s Test cricket when they played against India in a one-off historic Test match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

The home side went on to win the match by an innings and 262 runs within two days.


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