PM Narendra Modi wished the Indian cricket team good luck as it began its World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. India are one of the favourites in the this tournament.
The most widely followed cricket side in the world, India have been in superb ODI form leading up to the World Cup. They are also the last team to play a match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
On Wednesday, after South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions, India captain Virat Kohli said his team would not be weighed down by the pressure of expectations.
PM Modi, meanwhile, wished the Indian side good luck and said the team should look to win matches as well as hearts in the tournament.
India, who had won the 2011 World Cup and reached the semifinals in 2015, are being touted as one of the teams to go on and win the tournament this year.
For their first match of the World Cup, India decided to go in with both wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In a surprising move, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred over the faster Mohammed Shami.