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In Pics: Tony Abott hosts dinner for Narendra Modi at MCG

India TV News Desk 20 Nov 2014, 18:30:19 PM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Cricket diplomacy was in abundance at a rare reception given to Narendra Modi at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground with the Prime Minister saying a “new journey” in India-Australia relationship has begun.

Addressing the select gathering at the reception hosted by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and attended by cricket greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Allan Border and Dean Jones among others, Modi heaped effusive praise on Australia's sporting culture and thanked his Australian counterpart his “truly generous hospitality”.

Modi described his speech at the 161-year-old MCG ground “close to scoring a century here especially against McGrath and Brett Lee” and said, “This memory will stay with me forever.”