On the eve of the semi-final clash between India and New Zealand, politicians and leaders wished the Men in Blue luck for the contest, as the two sides are set to lock horns at the Old Trafford, Manchester.
Union MoS for Sports and Youth Affairs (IC) Kiren Rijiju wished the Indian team luck ahead of the semi-finals. Speaking to reporters, Rijiju said, " I congratulate the team on reaching the semi-finals and I wish the Indian team luck on the eve of their clash against New Zealand. The players have performed exceptionally well during the tournament and they have not disappointed us until now. I also wish to see them enter the finals and bring the World Cup home this year."
The Minister for Sports also penned a letter addressed to the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the rest of the team in which he congratulated the team on making their way to the semi-finals and he also wished the team luck on behalf of the country.
Rijiju said that while he could not be present at the venue personally to cheer for the team, he had sent his best wishes through C.K Khanna, the Acting President for the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).
Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs and former president of the BCCI, also wished the team luck for their semi-final clash.
"Congratulations to Team India on reaching the semi-finals. I wish them all the luck for the upcoming contest. The side led by Virat Kohli has performed extremely well and all of us hope to see India lift the World Cup once again", he said.
According to the British Met department, the skies are likely to remain rather cloudy throughout Tuesday. There will be the risk of the odd light shower again. A light drizzle is expected to batter Old Trafford all day. with the possibility of light showers during the evening. Maximum and minimum temperatures are forecast to be at 19-degree-Celsius and 14-degree-Celsius respectively.