When cricket meets politics : Gilchrist and Lee feast with Narendra Modi


Last friday, legendary Australian cricketers Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee exchanged pleasantries with Narendra Modi, the new prime minister of India. The two cricketers are a part of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s delegation in India. During a banquet dinner organized by Abbott, both the cricketers posed with the Indian visionary and later shared those photos via the social networking site Twitter.

Gilchrist posted the above photo and tweeted, “Shukriya @narendramodi for a wonderful dinner,an absolute pleasure to meet you.” In reply, the Indian prime minister wrote, “…Aapka bhi Shukriya! Was a delight to interact with you. Your ‘Shukriya’ has touched the hearts of several Indians.”

Adam Gilchrist is well known for his charities as well as his cricket. On the other hand, he is really passionate about India. He has mentioned in his autobiography that India is “the most valuable place” he has ever visited. Gilchrist took part in numerous editions of Indian Premier League and has been in touch with most of the cricketers of this country. Earlier this week, the Australians met master blaster Sachin Tendulkar at the Cricket Club of India.

Brett Lee, the Australian speedster, also tweeted about the meeting and said that it is “an absolute privilege to have dinner with” Narendra Modi. Lee, after an illustrious career with the ball, is going to be a Bollywood star in a new Indian-Australian co-production.

The trip helped the two countries sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of sports, in order to facilitate exchange of sports personnel, coaches, officials, training and technologies. Besides, this initiative will also promote exchange of programmes, experience, skills, techniques and knowledge in sports.