The Day 1 of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia in Ahmedabad was mainly focused on cricket while also honouring the friendship between the two nations. India and Australia share decades-old cultural and historical ties and one such connection was demonstrated by the presence of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad.
PM Modi and PM Albanese joined both teams in the middle for the national anthem of their respective countries. Before the national anthem PM, Modi was introduced to all of the Indian cricketers by skipper Rohit Sharma while Steve Smith simultaneously presented Albanese to the Australian cricketers. The national anthems were then performed as the Prime Ministers and cricket players filed in.
Australia's national anthem opened the proceedings. The national anthem of India came next. Together with the cricket players and the large crowd at the stadium, PM Modi was seen singing the national anthem with emotion. Social media was flooded with images and videos of the event that gave many people goosebumps.
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PM Modi presented the Test cap to Rohit Sharma
Earlier, the largest cricket stadium in the world was graced by the presence of prime ministers of Australia and India. Before the start of the fourth Test match between India and Australia, PM Narendra Modi and PM Anthony Albanese rode a beautiful golf cart around the great sports arena. Following that, the Prime Ministers presented Test caps to both Captains ahead of the game.
Later both the Prime Ministers watched the game for some time and then left the ground. Talking about the game, after winning the Toss Australia decided to bat first. The team managed to handle the pressure and put up 149 runs for 2 wickets at the end of the second session. Opener Usman Khwaja scored a brilliant half-century while skipper Steve Smith looked rusty though batted a full session with Khawaja.