© express web desk Salman Khan shared this picture with PV Sindhu on his Twitter account.
PV Sindhu got India its first silver on Thursday at Rio Olympics 2016 and the country can’t thank the shuttler enough. She may have lost the badminton singles match to world number one Carolina Marin but she won a billion hearts with her superlative effort.
As the match began, Twitterati and Bollywood celebs were cheering the 21-year-old Sindhu on. Salman Khan shared a picture of Sindhu and him together and wrote, “Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud .”
Amitabh Bachchan, an avid sports fan who has been cheering the contingent ever since Olympics began, took to Twitter to write, “#PVSindhu you played your heart out ! All of India is so so proud of you .. Thank for giving us that moment of pride !!! T 2353 – #PVSindhu .. look what you did .. you had 1.25 billion people rooting for you !! That is no mean achievement ! Proud of you !!”
He also had a prediction to make, not just for India’s Olympics chances but also women’s empowerment. “Not the next Olympics in 2020, but the one in 2024 is the one to watch for INDIA !! WE SHALL SUCCEED AND WIN …!!! Treat not the woman’s evolution by the mythic Adam’s rib .. they are proving beyond it !!”
The actor had taken on Shobhaa De a day ago when Sindhu made it to finals. Taking a potshot at Shobhaa’s derisive tweet that Indian athletes have gone to Olympics only to click selfies, Amitabh tweeted that he now wanted a selfie with PV Sindhu.
Deepika Padukone, daughter of badminton champ Prakash Padukone, tweeted, “what an epic epic match!the best I’ve seen in a while!Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 & #PullelaGopichand #Rio2016.”
Saw d finals on tv with my mom and told her I hv a picture with Sindhu . Proud . pic.twitter.com/Ka9JHvnsjT
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) August 19, 2016
T 2353 –#PVSindhu you played your heart out ! All of India is so so proud of you .. Thank for giving us that moment of pride !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 19, 2016
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) August 19, 2016