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Updated on: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 02:13 AM IST

Lavish Modi Saina, Sania, cricket team

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New Delhi : Lavishing praise on Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal for climbing to number one in world rankings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today also offered words of support to the country’s cricketers, who were heavily criticised after their World Cup ouster last month.

Addressing the nation in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme on AIR, Modi lauded tennis star Sania and ace badminton player Saina.

While Sania has climbed to the top in doubles rankings, Saina is currently the numero uno shuttler in singles — both being the first Indian women to achieve the feat.

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“I am proud to say that two daughters of the country have brought glory…I congratulate them and all other daughters of the country. We all feel proud,” Modi said.

While congratulating them, Modi also expressed indignation at “some people losing their balance” at the loss of India in the cricket World Cup semi-finals.

“Sometimes we tend to lose our balance. During the cricket World Cup after we lost to Australia, the kind of words that some people used for our players, my countrymen, this was not good.

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“There is no sport in which there is no loss …. If our players lose sometime, then we should keep their morale high in that hour of crisis. We should learn from defeat. I am sure we will take lessons from our defeat in future, won’t lose our balance instantly and get into a blame game,” he said.                               —PTI

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Saina expresses happiness over PM’s comments

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Hyderabad: Ace India shuttler Saina Nehwal today expressed happiness over Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaping praise on her for climbing the number one spot in world badminton ranking, in his monthly radio address. “It is an honour to be mentioned by the Honourable Prime Minister (in his radio address),” Saina, who returned to Hyderabad this morning from Wuhan, China after losing in the quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton championship, said.  While Sania has climbed to the top in doubles rankings, Saina is currently the numero uno shuttler in singles — both being the first Indian women to achieve the feat. “I am proud to say that two daughters of the country have brought glory…I congratulate them and all other daughters of the country. We all feel proud,” Modi said. Meanwhile, Saina’s father Harvir Singh told PTI they would like to contribute Rs 2 lakh to the Prime Minister’s relief fund towards the victims of the devastating earthquake

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