The cricket fever has gripped the country as Virat Kolhi’s ‘Men in Blue’ gear up to fight their hearts out for World Cup 2019. Wishes have been pouring in for Team India from all over and even Union Minister Ramdas Athawale too has conveyed his greetings to the 15-member squad.
In an exclusive interview with Republic TV on Wednesday, a day before the new government took charge, Athawale spoke on a range of issues, from the upcoming term of the Government, Congress and much more. And with talk of World Cup being all over, the minister was also asked about the quadrennial event.
The Republican Party of India (A) President conveyed his wishes to the Indian team in a poetic manner. He said, “Saare duniya ko hum bata denge, world cup hum jeeta denge.” (We will show the world, we will win the world cup)
He also recited another line, “Main karta hu saare desh ke cricket team ka saamna, Aur main deta hu bharat ki team ko mere taraf se shubhkamna.” (Coming face-to-face, I convey my wishes to the Indian team.)
He also said, “We have pride in our Indian team, the Virat Kohli-led team has given a record-breaking performance, they have won the tournament before. My best wishes to the team.”
Athawale also compared the Indian team at the World Cup to the government and said, “Even our match is starting from tomorrow. Narendra Modi is taking his oath. There will be several ministers in the cabinet. This world cup (cricket) is for a few months, but for us to win, it is a five-year journey.
"And in these five years, under Narendra Modi’s leadership, we will keep working towards removing poverty, giving employment to the unemployed, uniting Hindus and Muslims, uplift the Dalits, Adivasi and backward castes. And after 5 years, not World Cup, but we will seek to win the India Cup.”
On Thursday, Athawale was appointed as one of the Ministers of State of the Modi government and took his oath at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.