India want to ensure a 3-1 series win and a place in the World Test Championship final, even as the Australians look to dent the home team’s pride by restoring parity. But that is on the pitch.
A warm welcome from @narendramodi in Gujarat. #INDvAUS https://t.co/Yk26nsnNox
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) 1678343678000
Off it, Albanese and Modi did a lap of honour across the ground to mark the occasion of 75 years of friendship between India and Australia.
The only dampener was the tight multi-layered security arrangement because of the presence of the two heads of states. That’s why the gigantic stadium was not even half full when Modi and Albanese took a round of the ground in a cricket-themed cart. However, they still got the warmest of ovation from those present at the venue.
PM Narendra Modi and Anthony Albanese watch 4th Test in Ahmedabad
BCCI president Roger Binny presented Albanese with his portrait while secretary Jay Shah gave one to the Indian PM.
Celebrating 75 years of friendship though cricket with Indian Prime Minister @narendramodi 🇦🇺🇮🇳 https://t.co/gk3m3XzEBe
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) 1678336726000
The two leaders then inaugurated the newly designed Hall of Fame room where cricket and nostalgia are intrinsically seeped into each other.
There couldn’t have been a better person than former head coach Shastri to lend his service during their brief but engaging date with cricket history.
The two captains — Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith — also had their moment under the sun. They walked into the field with their respective prime ministers and introduced them to the other players.
Some more glimpses from Ahmedabad. It is cricket all over! 🏏 https://t.co/K8YCx0Iaz7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1678339655000
Albanese gave a few seconds more to Australia’s best performer on tour — Nathan Lyon — as Modi greeted all the Indian players with a firm handshake.
Singing the national anthem standing alongside the Indian PM is a tale that Rohit would love to tell his grandchildren someday.
India entered the series-deciding fourth Test leading 2-1.
Cricket, a common passion in India and Australia! Glad to be in Ahmedabad with my good friend, PM @AlboMP to witnes… https://t.co/xPWS6W3S8X
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1678339582000