The President of the United States of America Donald Trump touched down in India today, and was welcomed by India’s honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad. The President was cordially taken to the Sardar Patel Stadium, the largest cricket stadium in the world, where he delivered his speech on the bonding between the two nations. In his speech, he addressed India’s love and passion for the sport of cricket, and honoured the names of India’s iconic cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and the current skipper Virat Kohli.
Discussing military equipment trade between the countries to joint counter terrorism actions, President Trump touched on several contributions of India in various fields. He didn’t forget to mention the love of Bollywood around the world, and also worded in about the stunning passion Indians have for cricket, and mentioned two of the biggest names in the sport ever- Tendulkar and Kohli.
Delivering his speech at the stadium, President Trump said: “All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay. You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.”
The world’s largest cricket stadium, with a capacity of 110,000 spectators, in front of the crowd who idolise the two cricketers as heroes, President Trump delivered the choicest words to tribute Tendulkar and Kohli as ‘great cricketers,’ as rumbling applauds was heard around the stadium.
The cricketing fandom across the globe is well known about Sachin Tendulkar and his contribution to cricket. Regarded as one of the greatest players to grace the gentleman’s game, Tendulkar has been hailed with the highest of honours. The former Indian international was awarded the honorary rank of group captain by the Indian Air Force in 2010, and India’s highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 2014.
Currently leading Team India in international level- Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the greatest batsmen of his generation. The ICC no. 1 Test and ODI batsman is the leading face of Indian cricket, and revered among his fans for one of the most iconic celebrities from the country. The 31 year old has been named ICC ODI player of the year three times, and was honoured with Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award in 2017.