Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday tweeted to wish Team India for playing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Team India will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at Southampton later on Wednesday.
Here's Rajnath Singh's greetings to the team:
"India’s foray in the 2019 Cricket World Cup begins today with our boys playing against the South African team. I extend my best wishes to Captain Virat Kohli and the entire Indian Cricket Team," he tweeted.
It has been almost a week since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 kicked off in England and finally, Virat Kohli-led men in Blue are playing their tournament opener against South Africa at Southampton. The India vs South Africa match kicks off at 3.00 pm Indian Standard Time (IST).
India are considered as the strong favourites in this contest, South Africa will be heading into this clash after suffering two consecutive defeats against hosts England in the curtain-raiser and then against Bangladesh. To make matters worse, their veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the competition owing to a shoulder injury while young speedster Lungi Ngidi will be out of action for at least 7-10 days due a hamstring injury.
Virat Kohli appeared to look very confident for their campaign opener against the Proteas during a media interaction. At the same time, he also said that the Proteas cannot be taken lightly and wished his RCB team-mate and longtime team-mate Dale Steyn a speedy recovery.