Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared photos of his visit to Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where he attended a cricket match with Australia’s “close friend” Anthony Albanese. The two Prime Ministers were met with cheers and applause as they held a lap of honor at the stadium to celebrate 75 years of friendship between Australia and India.
“Cricket, a common passion in India and Australia,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet, sharing photos of the two leaders enjoying the fourth test match between India and Australia.
The two leaders took a lap of honor in a “chariot” made from a golf cart, for the fourth test match. Although the gigantic stadium was not even half full due to the tight multi-layered security arrangement, the two heads of state still received the warmest ovation from those present.
PM Modi and Mr Albanese handed Test caps to their respective team captains, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith.
Rohit Sharma and the Australian skipper then introduced PM Modi and Anthony Albanese to the rest of the team.
BCCI captioned the video: “A special welcome and special handshakes!”
The two Prime Ministers stood next to the players as the national anthems of India and Australia were sung.
BCCI President Roger Binny presented Prime Minister Albanese with his portrait, while Secretary Jay Shah gave one to Prime Minister Modi. The two leaders then inaugurated the newly designed Hall of Fame room, where cricket and nostalgia intrinsically blend.
“On the pitch, Australia and India compete to be the best in the world. Off the pitch, we work together to build a better world,” the Australian Prime Minister said in a tweet.
India leads the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1. A victory in the final test sees the team qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, where they will face Australia from June 7 in London.
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