Football legend David Beckham graced the ICC World Cup 2023 on Wednesday when he attended the semi-final match between India and New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Beckham met with players from both teams and was seen hobnobbing with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya and the host of Bollywood actors present at the stadium.
The former England football captain also interacted with Virat Kohli before the match and also presented the World Cup trophy to the crowd along with Tendulkar.
Beckham's maiden visit to India for a good cause
Beckham is on a four-day trip to India as UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador because of which he could make the best opportunity to mingle with the cricket stars and spread awareness about educating girls and women empowerment.
Beckham watched history unfold in front of him as Team India beat New Zealand by 70 runs to register their 10th win on the trot and make their way into the final of the World Cup.
He also witnessed Virat Kohli's world record 50th ODI hundred and Mohammed Shami's sensational seven-wicket haul among other big feats in the match.
Becks enthralled by Wankhede and Team India
"I think it's nice to step into a stadium and get goosebumps and I felt it as soon as I walked into this stadium maybe because I was walking with Sachin even when there weren't many people in the start I could feel it.
"I am lucky to witness the history, coming to India for the first time & I came to India at the right time as well - I am so humbled. I've seen the Diwali, New Year and today I saw Virat Kohli bat and reach his 50th century," Beckham said afte the match.
Hitman's meeting with the football icon
He later attended a party thrown for him by Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor and her husband Anand Ahuja in Mumbai. The next morning, Beckham met with Rohit Sharma, who gave him his Team India jersey.
Beckham in return, gave Rohit his Real Madrid shirt with a message and his autograph at the back. Both exchanged jersey and clicked pictures wearing them as well.