India-Afghanistan cricket match reflected sportsman spirit: Modi

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New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) The Indian cricket team’s gesture of posing with the Afghanistan team after winning a test match in Bengaluru earlier this month reflects the spirit of sportsmanship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday.

Speaking in the 45th episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, Modi said sports is an excellent route to unite societies and to showcase the talents and skills of our youth.

“I sincerely hope, that in future too, we’ll play with each other with the best sportsman spirit and shine together,” he said.

Modi said it was Afghanistan’s first international test match and that it is a matter of honour that it was played with India.

“I will cherish the match for a special reason. The Indian team, while receiving the trophy, invited the Afghanistan team to pose together for photographs. This incident exemplifies the very spirit of sportsmanship,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also praised Afghanistan bowler Rashid Khan for his performance.

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