The fourth and final Test match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad not only showcased cricket but also celebrated the friendly relations between the two nations. Despite starting as cricketing rivals, India and Australia are now strategic partners across various sectors. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and his Australian counterpart, Anthony Albanese, were present at the match, which was a testament to the bond shared by the two countries.
To kick off the event, the Prime Ministers took a round of the world’s largest cricket stadium, named after Modi, on a golf cart. They then handed over Test caps to their respective team captains, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith, which was met with applause from the thousands of spectators in attendance. Additionally, the two leaders took a tour of the Friendship hall of fame at the Narendra Modi stadium.
One of the highlights of the event was when Modi and Albanese joined the Indian and Australian cricketers for their respective national anthems. Rohit Sharma introduced PM Modi to the Indian cricketers, and Albanese was introduced to the Australian team by Steve Smith. Both Prime Ministers and the cricketers lined up for the national anthems, starting with Australia’s anthem. In a rare scene, Albanese stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Australian cricketers during their anthem.
Next came India’s national anthem, and PM Modi was seen singing passionately alongside the cricketers and the huge crowd gathered in the stadium. Photos and videos of this moment went viral on social media, giving goosebumps to many. The event was a celebration of not only cricket but also the strong friendship between India and Australia.