New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah today congratulated the Indian cricket team for its victory over Pakistan in a World Cup match saying it was ‘another strike’ on the neighbouring country and the ‘result is the same’.
Amit Shah’s comments came after India inflicted a humiliating 89-run defeat on their arch-rivals in the much-hyped World Cup match held in Manchester Sunday.
‘Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same. Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance. Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK (sic),’ he tweeted.
By mentioning ‘another strike’, the Home Minister referred to the surgical strike carried by the Indian Air Force on a terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan on 26 February after terrorists set off an explosion at a CRPF bus in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 40 personnel.
The Indian Army had carried out a surgical strike across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 29 September 2016 as well after terrorists attacked an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir 18 September 2016, killing 18 jawans.
Praise for the Virat Kohli-led team poured in from other leaders as well. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh applauded them for their ‘amazing’ performance on the field.
‘Congratulations to Indian cricket team for winning the match against Pakistan in #CWC2019. The Indian team played an amazing game of cricket for this victory. We are all proud of Team India,’ Rajnath Singh posted on Twitter.
Other senior BJP leaders also congratulated Team India for their stupendous win. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari wrote, ‘Well played team India. Congratulations for a spectacular win. Jai Hind!’
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal also extended his warm wishes to Team India for their ‘stunning victory’ and said: ‘Congratulations to Team India for another stunning victory against Pakistan in the CWC 2019. I wish our men in blue all the luck in their march towards the coveted World Cup.’
The Congress also lauded India for maintaining their unbeaten winning record over Pakistan in the World Cup. Its official Twitter handle said, ‘Congratulations team India for incomparable victory against Pakistan. You continuously made the country feel proud. Thank you!’
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti also expressed joy at India’s victory. In a tweet, she said, ‘Congrats to #IndianCricketTeam for a terrific performance & making the country proud. Pakistan lost but they surely made twitter more entertaining with their self deprecating humour.’
Led by Man of the Match Rohit Sharma‘s superb 140 and Virat Kohli’s 77, India posted an unnerving total of 336 for the loss of five wickets from their 50 overs. Pakistan ended up with 212 runs for the loss of six wickets in 40 overs.
India maintained their unbeaten World Cup run against Pakistan after their victory via DLS method in Manchester Sunday.