Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese witnessed part of the 4th Commemorative Cricket Test Match of Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad today.
Replying to a tweet by his Australian counterpart, PM Modi tweeted:
“Cricket, a common passion in India and Australia! Glad to be in Ahmedabad with my good friend, PM Anthony Albanese to witness parts of the India-Australia Test Match. I am sure it will be an exciting game!”
Both the Prime Ministers also witnessed a cultural performance, Unity of Symphony.
Indian PM handed over the Test Cap to the captain of Team India, Rohit Sharma while the Australian PM handed over the Test Cap to the Australian captain, Steve Smith. This was followed by both PMs taking a guard of honour in a golf cart before the huge crowd in the stadium.
The two team captains proceeded down to the pitch for the toss while the PMs moved towards the Friendship Hall of Fame for a walkthrough. Former Indian Team coach and player Ravi Shastri accompanied the Prime Ministers of both nations and explained the rich cricketing history between India and Australia.
This was followed by the two team captains accompanying the respective Prime Ministers of both nations to the field of play. The two captains introduced the team to the respective Prime Ministers followed by the national anthem of India and Australia. The Prime Minister and the Australian Prime Minister then moved to the President’s Box to view the test match between the two cricketing giants.