Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to historic match-winning partnership between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to hand Australia a drubbing at the Eden Gardens and Anil Kumble’s match-winning spell with a fractured jaw in his inspirational address to the students preparing to take exams.
The PM motivated students by citing as examples Dravid and Laxman’s epic partnership and Anil Kumble bowling with a broken jaw.
During the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ event for students getting ready for exams, the prime minister asked them to remember the India-Australia Test series in 2001 to emphasise his message about positive thinking.
“Our cricket team was facing setbacks. The mood was not very good. But in those moments can we ever forget what Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman did? They turned the match around,” the PM said.
Exhorting students, he also mentioned Kumble’s effort during the 2002 Antigua Test against the West Indies. “Similarly, who can forget Anil Kumble bowling with an injury. This is the power of motivation and positive thinking,” Modi said.
He termed both Kumble’s effort and the 376-run partnership between Dravid and Laxman as the “power of motivation and positive thinking”, which helped India stage an incredible turnaround and script a famous win after following on.
Reaching out to students across the country through the third edition of the ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ programme at the Talkatora Stadium here, the prime minister told them not to get demotivated by temporary setbacks.