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Virat Kohli and Indra Nooyi Attend Special Reception Hosted By Indian Consulate In New York
By CricShots - Jun 12, 2024 3:21 pm
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Icons from different fields, including cricket star Virat Kohli and former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, graced an event hosted by the Indian consulate in New York on Tuesday, June 11. This gathering occurred on the eve of a historic match where India is set to face the USA for the first time in international cricket. This match, scheduled for June 12, features the top two teams in Group A of the 2024 T20 World Cup.

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Virat Kohli and Indra Nooyi

A win at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York would secure India a spot in the Super Eight. Ahead of this highly-anticipated clash, the Indian consulate in New York hosted the Indian cricket team. Among the notable attendees was Indra Nooyi, a prominent business icon of Indian origin.

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The event also featured a special moment when former India captain Virat Kohli was photographed sitting next to Nooyi. This image has garnered significant attention on social media, with one ‘X’ user commenting, “My two heroes,” underscoring the profound impact both individuals have made in their respective fields.

The reception was organized by India’s Consul General in New York, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, to welcome the Indian cricket team during their stay in the United States for the T20 World Cup. The event saw enthusiastic participation from the Indian diaspora in New York, who extended a warm welcome to the contingent led by skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid.

Key officials from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were also in attendance, including President Roger Binny, Secretary Jay Shah, and Vice President Rajeev Shukla.

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The Consulate General of India, New York, tweeted about the event: “@IndiainNewYork hosted a reception to welcome #TeamIndia; Cd’A a.i. Amb @ranganathan_sr & Consul General @binaysrikant76 welcomed the team; Captain @ImRo45, Head Coach Mr Rahul Dravid & team members interacted with the Indian diaspora leaders from different walks of life; sincere thanks to entire team @BCCI esp Hon. President Mr Roger Binny, Hon. Secretary @JayShah & Hon. Vice President Mr Rajeev Shukla.”


The tweet further highlighted the significance of the occasion: “This is the 1st time #TeamIndia is playing cricket in New York & first time playing World Cup in the US; Cheering for Team India to go back home with the T20 World Cup!” This event not only celebrated the Indian cricket team’s presence in the US but also emphasized the growing global footprint of cricket and its enthusiastic following among the Indian diaspora.