Hope India wins cricket World Cup: PM

New Delhi: Sending his best wishes to the Indian cricket team for their World Cup final match against Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday hoped that the `Men in Blue` win the trophy.

"Keep it up is all I would say. I hope India wins," Singh said when asked about his message to the Indian cricket team.

Singh, however, will not be travelling to Mumbai to watch India play Sri Lanka on Saturday.

"I will be in Assam then," he told reporters on the sidelines of the Padma awards function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

"The whole nation joins in wishing the Indian cricket team," he said adding that he would be watching the game as he gets time.

Singh had invited Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to watch the World Cup semi-final at Mohali where India defeated Pakistan by 29 runs to set up the title clash with Sri Lanka.

President Pratibha Patil and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be in Mumbai to watch the World Cup final.

Meanwhile, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also wished the Indian cricket team the "best" and expressed hope that they would lift the World Cup.

Gandhi, who was campaigning at Neelam Bazar in Karimganj district, congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the semi-final tie at Mohali.

"I congratulate the Indian team for winning the semifinal at Mohali and wish them the best for the final," Gandhi said.

"We hope they win and bring the World Cup for us. I wish them all the best," she added.

The UPA Chairperson and her son Rahul Gandhi had watched the semi-final match at Mohali on March 30 where India beat Pakistan to enter the final of the World Cup.

India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were co-hosts of the sporting event.


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