PM Modi and Mr Albanese handed over Test caps to their respective team captains, Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith, and shook hands with the teams.
The Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modiji and the Honourable Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Anthony Albanese take a lap of honour at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad@narendramodi | @PMOIndia | #TeamIndia | #INDvAUS | @GCAMoterapic.twitter.com/OqvNFzG9MD
– BCCI (@BCCI) March 9, 2023
The two leaders have also presented framed artwork representing 75 years of friendship through cricket by the BCCI.
Mr. Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, presents framed artwork to Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modiji, celebrating 75 years of friendship with Australia through cricket. @narendramodi | @PMOIndia | @JayShah | #TeamIndia | #INDvAUS | @mastercardindiapic.twitter.com/nmDJwq2Yer
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 9, 2023
The Australian PM arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, as part of a state visit to India.
“An incredible welcome to Ahmedabad, India. The beginning of an important trip for Australia-India relations,” the Australian PM tweeted shortly after his arrival.
Albanese said his trip demonstrates the commitment to deepen the links between the two countries, and to being a force for stability and growth in our region.
Albanese was welcomed by the Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel, who also accompanied the Australian PM to Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram.
“One of the things that bind both countries is cricket and it will be great to see the leaders of India and Australia on day one of the matches in Ahmedabad,” Australian High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell said, according to news agency ANI.
India is leading the Border-Gavaskar series by 2-1. A win in the final Test will ensure the team qualifies for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, where they will be facing Australia in London from June 7 onwards.
With inputs from NDTV