PM Modi arrives at Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad to watch the match with Australian PM Anthony Albanese

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Thursday arrived at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad in a golf car to watch the first day of the fourth Test match between Australia and India.

Before the start of the fourth Test match between India and Australia, he took a round of the huge playing area on a golf car.

The Prime Ministers handed over Test caps to their respective team captains Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith.

The tour of the playing field on a golf car by the two dignitaries was applauded by the thousands of spectators who had already taken their seats in the world’s largest cricket stadium.

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah welcomed PM Modi to the stadium, who a short while later welcomed Anthony Albanese.

Earlier in the day, a large number of spectators started arriving at the venue for the final Test contest of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The Ahmedabad Police has deployed over 3,000 policemen to secure the stadium and surrounding areas in the city, Neeraj Badgujar, Additional Commissioner of Police, Sector 1, said, according to news agency PTI.

“Our PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM will watch the Test match on March 9 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The police have already completed all the security related arrangements. We have deployed around 200 police officers and 3,000 police personnel for the security of the stadium and other places.

Joint Commissioner of Police NN Chowdhary told that spectators will reach the stadium by about 1500 buses and special parking arrangements have been made for these buses and other vehicles.

Modi and Albanese’s visit is part of the celebration of 75 years of India-Australia friendship.

Head coach Rahul Dravid had earlier said that the big crowd would not put pressure on the Indian players as many of them are used to playing in front of packed stadiums.

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