Cricket Legends Jonty Rhodes and Gary Kirsten Extend Warm Welcome to PM Modi Ahead of BRICS Summit in South Africa

Cricket Legends Rhodes and Kirsten Welcome PM Modi to BRICS Summit in South Africa
Cricket Legends Rhodes and Kirsten Welcome PM Modi to BRICS Summit in South Africa

As the BRICS Summit approaches, the cricketing world comes together to extend a warm welcome to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is set to visit South Africa for the high-profile event. Cricket legends Jonty Rhodes and Gary Kirsten, both synonymous with their contributions to the sport, released heartfelt video messages expressing their enthusiasm and gratitude for PM Modi’s role on the global stage. The BRICS Summit is scheduled to take place from August 22 to 24 in Johannesburg.

Jonty Rhodes’s Message:

In a touching video message delivered in Hindi, South African cricket icon Jonty Rhodes welcomed Prime Minister Modi to the BRICS conference. Rhodes acknowledged the significant impact PM Modi has on the international political and economic landscape. He conveyed the gratitude of the South African people for the insights and contributions that Modi brings to the world stage.

“Namaskar Modi ji. Welcome to the BRICS conference . We know as South Africans that you have a massive role on the international political and economic scene and we thank you for your inputs,” Rhodes said while extending his greetings. 

Gary Kirsten’s Warm Greeting:

Gary Kirsten, renowned for coaching the Indian cricket team to victory in the 2011 World Cup, expressed his privilege in welcoming PM Modi and his delegation to South Africa. Kirsten shared his personal connection with India, having spent considerable time in the country both as a player and coach. He fondly recalled the fun memories from his time coaching Team India and thanked the Indian people for their unwavering support. Kirsten also highlighted the upcoming significance of the World Cup returning to India, marking a momentous occasion for global cricket.

“My privilege to welcome you and your delegation to South Africa. I have been very fortunate to spend lots of time in India during my playing and coaching career. I also have many fun memories during my time coaching team India and was so grateful for the support of Indian people. This year will also be very special for global cricket when the World Cup returns to India. Wish you and all global leaders for the upcoming BRICS summit.”, Kirsten exclaimed. 

BRICS Summit and Dignitaries:

The BRICS Summit, a gathering of leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is a platform for discussions on various global issues. In addition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the summit will be attended by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the host, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be in attendance and will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

As the world anticipates the BRICS Summit, the cricketing world’s gesture of welcoming PM Modi reflects the camaraderie and unity that extends beyond sports. The messages from Jonty Rhodes and Gary Kirsten emphasise the importance of international cooperation, leadership, and shared experiences that unite nations on both diplomatic and sporting fronts.

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