Addressing the 18th Convocation of Tezpur University, Assam, via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said the team, despite facing a number of challenges, overpowered the Australia team with their talent and temperament.
“Indian team faced a lot of challenges in the recent tour of Australia. They suffered crushing defeat yet recovered equally fast and won the next match. The players showed determination despite injuries. They took the challenge head on and looked for fresh solutions instead of getting frustrated by difficult conditions,” Modi said.
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“There were inexperienced players but their morale was high and they grabbed the opportunity given to them. They overpowered a better team with their talent and temperament,” he added.
The Indian team, after facing an embarrassing loss in the first match in Adelaide where they were bowled out for their lowest score of 36 in a Test innings, came back strongly in the next three matches to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in an emphatic manner.
The series saw Indian team register their first win at the Gabba in Brisbane – a venue where Australia last suffered a defeat in 1988.
The prime minister stressed that the stellar performance of our players is important more than just from the point of view of sports.
First, we should have faith and confidence in our ability; second, a positive mindset begets positive results. Third and most important lesson, said Modi, is (that) if one is facing two options, one safe and the other is an option of a difficult victory, one must surely explore the option of victory.
“There is no harm in occasional failure and one should not refrain from taking the risks. We need to be proactive and fearless,” he said.
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“If we overcome the fear of failure and unnecessary pressure, we will emerge fearless. This new India, confident and dedicated to goals, is evident not only on the cricket field, all of you are part of this picture,” Modi added.
Earlier, after the three-wicket win in the last Test on Tuesday, Modi had congratulated the Ajinkya Rahane-led side and tweeted: “We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian cricket team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours.”