Indian PM Narendra Modi congratulated Kohli and Ashwin on their stupendous performance and the two reciprocated AFP (File Photo)

2016 is coming to an end and it has been particularly good for the Indian Test team. The Virat Kohli-led group ended the year on a high, remaining unbeaten in the longer format. The team remained undefeated as it handed series defeats to West Indies, New Zealand and England in the recently-concluded five-Test series. It also achieved the No. 1 spot in ICC Test rankings in process. Ravichandran Ashwin, team s ace spinner, became the No. 1 Test bowler in the world with Ravindra Jadeja following him at the second spot. Kohli too scored heavily all through the year, thus ending as the leading run-getter of 2016 in international cricket across formats.

Indian team s performance garnered tremendous applauds from all quarters. The biggest of them all came on Sunday, when India s Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the team, Kohli and Ashwin on their stupendous performance. While delivering 2016 s last Mann Ki Baat, a radio programme he hosts to address the people of the nation in DD National and DD News, Modi lauded Indian Test team s achievements; reserving special mention for Kohli, Ashwin, Karun Nair and KL Rahul. DD News official Twitter handle shared the audio clip which went viral in no time. Check it out here:

BCCI s official Twitter handle shared this tweet tagging Kohli and Ashwin, who then took this opportunity to thank the Indian Prime Minister. Kohli wrote: Thank you @narendramodi Sir for all the kind words; your support will always help us strive for better. @BCCI #MannKiBaat


Ashwin also responded to the tweet with a plain thank you.


Under Kohli, India won 9 and drew 3 of the total 12 Tests played in 2016. Apart from Kohli and other team mates, Ashwin had a huge role to play in this success. It was only apt that the PM praised the team publicly. Hopefully the team takes this praise as motivation to do well in 2017 too.