Sensational badminton player PV Sindhu carved her way to a million hearts by becoming the first ever Indian women to claim a silver media at the Olympics.
Magical Sindhu united a cricket-loving nation to cheer for badminton with her battle for gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Both finalists, Sindhu and Spaniard Carolina Marin, showcased spectacular technique and power. Even though Marine got the better off Sindhu in the final set and the score 19 -21, 21-12, 21-15 stood in her favour, the Hyderabadi girl is being celebrated in all corners of the country.
This may be the first time in the history of Indian sports that the country rejoiced even after losing the final match. It can be rightly said the Golden girl didn't lose gold, but she won Silver.
Congratulatory messages poured in for the star player as soon as she won the historic silver medal.
Superstar Rajnikanth joined the parade of congratulating Sindhu and in a heart-warming gesture he declared himself a fan of the young player.
"Hats off to you #PVSindhu .... I have become a great fan of yours ... Congratulations !" tweeted Rajinikanth.
Hats off to you #PVSindhu .... I have become a great fan of yours ... Congratulations !— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) August 19, 2016
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhinav Bindra, Vijendra Singh, Kapil Dev were among the other big guns who weaved threads of Sindhu's praise on Twitter.
T 2353 -#PVSindhu you played your heart out ! All of India is so so proud of you .. Thank for giving us that moment of pride !!!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 19, 2016
T 2353 - #PVSindhu .. look what you did .. you had 1.25 billion people rooting for you !! That is no mean achievement ! Proud of you !!— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 19, 2016
I think I'm more heartbroken today than I was a week ago ! Well played @Pvsindhu1 you are an inspiration to me !— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 19, 2016
Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 19, 2016