Off The Field

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauds Team India’s fightback in Australia during budget speech

Written by Toshi Pawar

At a time when the Indian men’s cricket team is all set to take on England in a four-match Test series, Team India’s recent triumph over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy remains to be one of the top talking points. Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Ajinkya Rahane & Co.’s brilliant comeback in the series, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also heaped praise on Team India for having faith to produce a turnaround after an embarrassing loss in the first Test.

On Monday, while presenting Union Budget for 2021-22 in Lok Sabha, Sitharaman used a quote from Rabindra Nath Tagore which highlighted the importance of faith.

“I borrow the words from Rabindranath Tagore – Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark,” she said.

Adding to it, she cited Team India’s example where the team produced a remarkable fightback to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Series by fighting against all odds.

“In this spirit, I can’t help but recall the joy that we as a Cricket loving nation felt after Team India’s recent spectacular success in Australia,” Sitharaman said.

Earlier, on January 22, in a virtual address to the outgoing students of the Tezpur University, PM Modi highlighted the importance of how a positive mindset can help overcome the biggest of challenges by citing Indian men’s cricket team’s example.

“The best example (of a change in mindset) is our cricket team which faced so many challenges. We lost badly, (but) we fought back and won under challenging conditions. They (cricket team) had less experience, but were high in confidence and they created history. The cricket success is a huge life lesson. We need to make our mindset positive,” he said.

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