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WATCH: Sunak plays cricket with England T20 World Cup-winning team

UK PM Rishi Sunak plays cricket with players of the England cricket team that won the T20 World Cup in Australia in November 2022. (Picture” Twitter screengrab/@luca_boffa)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Some members of the England squad that won the T20 World Cup in Australia last November beating Pakistan in the final met British prime minister Rishi Sunak at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday (22). The latter also tried his hand at the sport by playing some deliveries from all-rounder Sam Curran and fast bowler Chris Jordan who bowled him slow balls.

The England cricket delegation was led by white-call captain Buttler and white-ball coach Matthew Mott. Apart from Jordan and Curran who was adjudged the player of the match in the final and the player of the series, other cricketers who were present are Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Phil Salt, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills and Richard Gleeson.

While the Conservative leader edged a delivery from Jordan to the wicket-keeper behind, he castled one of the England players while bowling. Everybody present on the occasion were seen enjoying the light moments.

A video of Sunak’s playing with the Three Lions team was shared by Luca Boffa, a senior videographer to the premier. He captioned it saying, “Prime Minister @RishiSunak playing cricket with the #T20 World Cup winning cricket team at 10 Downing Street.”

Buttler, who led his side to the T20 World Cup triumph, also tweeted about the cricketers’ visit to the PM’s residence and captioned, “It was a privilege to take the T20 World Cup 🏆 to 10 Downing Street yesterday with a few of the lads!”

“As both prime minister and a lifelong cricket fan it was a pleasure to welcome members of the victorious World Cup-winning side and young cricketers from the ACE programme to Number 10. This is a hugely exciting time for English cricket, with success on the field across all formats and the Ashes taking place in England this summer. Cricket is a sport for everyone and I know that the success of the team will inspire kids from all backgrounds to get involved in the game,” Sunak said in a statement, The Independent said in a report.

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