Australian Deputy PM Richard Marles with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
New Delhi: The Australian Deputy Prime Minister was in India on Sunday to witness the Cricket World Cup final in Ahmedabad. On Monday, Richard Marles, the deputy PM as well as the defence minister of Australia, went back to work, initiating a 2+2 dialogue with India. In course of his interactions with Indian ministers, Marles gifted S Jaishankar, India's External Affairs Minister, with a jersey signed by the Australian star cricket Glen Maxwell.
Sharing pictures of his meeting with Jaishankar on X (formerly Twitter), Marles wrote: "Had a great discussion with Dr S Jaishankar on Australia and India’s relationship and our strategic alignment. And of course, the ins and outs of last night’s incredible World Cup game. Was an honour to gift an Australian shirt signed by Glenn Maxwell marking his 210* (sic)."
Earlier this month, when Australia played Afghanistan in Mumbai, the Afghans, surprising everyone, put up a relatively giant total of 291 runs. Chasing, Australia lost seven wickets at 91, when Glen Maxwell and Pat Cummins put up a solid show to take the team beyond the victory line, and averting a major World Cup upset. He scored an unbeaten 201.
The same Australian team, on Sunday, went on to beat India at the World Cup final. India put up a mildly challenging 240 on board, and the Australian team surpassed the score with six wickets to spare.
Marles, the Australian Deputy Prime Minister, was in the stands in Ahmedabad on Sunday, where he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the match, Marles, in a post on X, congratulated the Australian team saying: "What an excellent finish to @CricketAus ICC World Cup campaign. Throughout the series- be it Glenn Maxwell’s double ton, tonight’s innings by Travis Head or the leadership of Pat Cummins:
A huge congratulations to the entire team- we couldn’t be prouder!"
EAM Jaishankar, after meeting the Australian deputy PM on Monday, wrote in a post on X: "A very good meeting with DPM and Defence Minister @RichardMarlesMP of Australia. Spoke about recent developments that influence the Indo-Pacific strategic scenario. Also exchanged views on West Asia. And yes, we discussed yesterday’s match. Congratulations Australia!"