Indian Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi was greeted by his Australian counterpart Mr. Tony Abbott at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) earlier in the day.

They were accompanied by some legendary cricketers of both countries who would have been proub of the visit. Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman were honoured at having been invited. They told that it was a fresh innings in relations between the two countries.

PM Modi’s meeting with Abbott at the MCG was seen by Gavaskar as more of a sporting event rather than political. “It is great that the two Prime Ministers met here and it will go a long way in boosting not just trade and diplomatic ties but also sports,” said the former India captain. “What we need is more sports in politics rather than more politics in sports,” he added.

Kapil agreed with Gavaskar and said it was rare for cricketers to be part of a high-level diplomatic tour. “It is wonderful that two Prime Ministers meet and we, as cricketers, get to be part of it. It is very rare that any Prime Minister calls sports people,” said the World Cup-winning captain.

“The bond between India and Australia will improve after PM Modi’s visit. I feel the on-field intensity of cricket between the two nations will still be close. We would like close ties with Australia but on the field, it is all about playing hard and fighting hard. We can go for drinks in the evening once the match is over,” Kapil said.

Stylish batsmen VVS Laxman, who is known for decimating the Aussie bowlers in the past said that while being with legendary cricketers was an honour, watching two Prime Ministers in person was extra special. “I am honoured to be here with Indian and Australian cricket legends. But I am more honoured to be with two wonderful Prime Ministers,” he said.

Australian cricketers including Glenn McGrath, Steve Waugh, Michael Kasprowicz and Allan Border were presented at the event.


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