Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman Honoured to be Part of Narendra Modi's Cricket Diplomacy in Australia

Watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was a special moment for India's three very special cricketers.

Updated: November 18, 2014 20:19 IST
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Legendary Australian and Indian cricketers with Prime Ministers Tony Abbott (3rd from left) and Narendra Modi (3rd from right).

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott greeted his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. It was a moment of pride for legendary cricketers of both countries who were present here. Three champions of the sport - Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman - were, in particular, honoured at having been invited and told NDTV that it was a fresh innings in relations between the two countries.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) with former India cricketers Kapil Dev (3rd from left), Sunil Gavaskar and VVS Laxman.

PM Modi's meeting with Abbott at the MCG was seen by Gavaskar as more of a sporting event rather than political. "It is great that the two Prime Ministers met here and it will go a long way in boosting not just trade and diplomatic ties but also sports," said the former India captain. "What we need is more sports in politics rather than more politics in sports," he added.

Kapil agreed with Gavaskar and said it was rare for cricketers to be part of a high-level diplomatic tour. "It is wonderful that two Prime Ministers meet and we, as cricketers, get to be part of it. It is very rare that any Prime Minister calls sports people," said the World Cup-winning captain.

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