Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at 11am today in the 45th Mann ki Baat programme. PM Modi lauded Afghanistani magician Rashid Khan, “cricket diplomacy” between India and Afganistan.
Prime Minister Modi praised Indian cricket team’s gesture of inviting Afghani players while posing for photographs after winning the Test trophy, Modi reckons it showed the real sportsmanship. “I wish we play together and blossom together,” Modi said.
PM Modi cited that "Few days back a historic event took place in Bengaluru,yes I am talking about the India-Afghanistan test match.We should be proud they played their first match vs India. Rashid Khan is an asset to the world of cricket, he was very good in IPL".
Few days back a historic event took place in Bengaluru,yes I am talking about the India-Afghanistan test match.We should be proud they played their first match vs India. Rashid Khan is an asset to the world of cricket, he was very good in IPL also: PM Modi #MannKiBaat (file pics) pic.twitter.com/3OlgPTvlvL— ANI (@ANI) June 24, 2018
He also took a dig on Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s words on Twitter tagging him along in which he said: “The people of Afghanistan are extremely proud of our hero Rashid Khan. I’m also thankful to our Indian friends who created a platform for our players to showcase their skills”.
“Rashid reminds us whats best about Afg. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away @narendramodi.”
The 17-year-old Rashid Khan in February became the youngest to top the International Cricket Council's rankings for bowlers in the Twenty20 and 50-overs format. He was superb in IPL season 2018 and was a leading wicket-taker against Bangladesh for Afghanistan.