Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Tony Abbott Bond Over Common Love for Cricket

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott made numerous references to cricket when they met for a press conference after their bilateral talks.

Updated: November 18, 2014 15:24 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott.


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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi by his side, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott set the ball rolling and fired the first shot, saying people in his country come to associate India with cricket. (Also read: Legendary Indian cricketers hail Narendra Modi's cricket diplomacy)

Abbott made an early reference to cricket in his remarks at a joint press conference here on Tuesday with Modi after their bilateral talks.

Abbott also said Modi has "runs on the board" to meet the aspirations of the people.

When Modi's turn came to bat, he said: "We celebrate the legend of (Don) Bradman and the class of (Sachin) Tendulkar together."

"We are impressed by Australian speed as you are charmed by the Indian spin until of course Shane Warne came along!" the Prime Minister said while addressing the Australian parliament.

Modi also wished success to Australia in hosting the World Cup cricket next year.

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