Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese were present on Day 1 of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test in Ahmedabad on Thursday, where the two leaders met captains of their respective countries and presented special Test caps to them.
PM Modi presented a special cap to Rohit while Australian PM Albanese presented a special cap to Smith. The two leaders did a lap of honor around the Narendra Modi Stadium in a gold-painted chariot embellished with bat, wicket, and ball to celebrate 75 years of cricketing contests between the two nations.
They also met the players from their respective countries at the world’s biggest cricket stadium after the toss. Both the leaders took a seat in the stadium to the high-octane action of the series finale after the National Anthem.
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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah presented PM, Modi, with a framed artwork of the Prime Minister himself at the ceremony, celebrating 75 years of friendship with Australia through cricket.
Before the final test Indian team head coach Rahul Dravid said that India has to improve both in its batting and bowling during the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as the team wants to win the match and qualify for the World Test Championship final without the help of others.
India had won the first two Tests at Nagpur and New Delhi but lost the third in Indore and are leading the series 2-1 going into the fourth and final match of the series.
“We will have to work both on batting and bowling (departments). If you see the Indore Test, 109 runs in the first innings were not good enough. If we had scored 60-70 runs more, it would have been good. We also allowed them a few extra runs in the first innings in that situation and those conditions. So we will have to do better in both the areas of the game,” Dravid said in a pre-match press conference here.
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