WC 2003 - PM sends letter to Ganguly, lauds team for win over Pak

Published: Monday, March 3, 2003, 18:36 [IST]
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday lauded the Indian cricket team for the "spirit and togetherness" with which it defeated Pakistan and hoped that it would continue with its winning spree and bring the World Cup home."It was an excellent display of team spirit and togetherness by all members of the Indian cricket team," Vajpayee said in a letter to skipper Saurav Ganguly.India demolished arch rival Pakistan by six wickets in the high-voltage match on Saturday.Vajpayee said, "I am sure that the team will continue to play with the same spirit in the World Cup tournament and win laurels for the country." The letter was sent to Rajiv Shukla, MP and chairman, media co-ordination committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to be handed over to the Indian skipper in South Africa. Vajpayee had congratulated the team on Saturday for its spectacular six-wicket victory. Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha congratulated the Indian cricket team for its "convincing" victory over Pakistan on Saturday.As soon as the House assembled, members wanted that the House should put on record the splendid performance by the Indian team.Congratulating the team on behalf of the House, Speaker Manohar Joshi said the Indian cricketers had scored a "convincing victory" over Pakistan."We wish them success in winning matches in the World Cup," Joshi said.Amidst thumping of desks by members, Pawan Kumar Bansal (Congress) quipped while Congress won the Assembly elections defeating the BJP in Himachal Pradesh, India beat Pakistan in cricket. PTI

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