Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has issued high words of praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent display of Cricket diplomacy during his Maldives visit.
Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar, who is part of the commentary setup at the ongoing World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, has thanked the Prime Minister for promoting the sport and has expressed the hope that Maldives will soon be on the Cricketing map.
The Tweet Tendulkar was responding to contained PM Modi gifting Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih a Cricket bat signed by all the members of the 15-strong Team India squad at the World Cup.
The Prime Minister had highlighted that the Maldivian President was an ardent fan of the sport. Solih has sought to expand the scope of Cricket in the Maldives archipelago. Maldives is currently 72nd in the world in the ICC's rankings - its highest ever position - but the country is likely to get a lot more exposure to the sport as it has been granted full Twenty20 International status.
The visit to the Maldives was the Prime Minister's first since taking up his office anew for his second term after being sworn in on May 30 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the back of a stupendous victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which the BJP won 303 seats and the NDA, 353. During the visit, he was also conferred Maldives highest honour for a foreign dignitary, the "The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen".
Ahead of India playing its first match at the World Cup on June 5, the Prime Minister had bid the team good fortunes on Twitter. They won a credit-worthy win and followed it up with a stunning defeat of reigning champions Australia.