Beckham meets India icons at World Cup

Wednesday 15 November 2023 10:15

David Beckham has been pictured with two fellow sporting icons at the Cricket World Cup semi-final in India.

The host country are taking on New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and Becks seemingly couldn't miss out on the spectacle while he is over there working for Unicef as a goodwill ambassador.

Our former midfielder was pictured sharing a few words with India star Virat Kohli and his team-mates prior to the match, even getting involved in a kickabout as the players warmed up.

Beckham with Kohli before the semi-final starts.

He also spoke with cricketing god Sachin Tendulkar out on the pitch and, once the game got under way, was filmed up in the stands watching on with the ex-batsman, who earned the nickname 'The Little Master' during a stellar 24-year international career.

Tendulkar, who is the only player in history to score 100 centuries for his country, retired in 2013, just months after Beckham called time on his similarly glittering career.

The pair clearly caused a scene among a highly partisan crowd at the 32,000-capacity venue:

“The two biggest cheers were when Sachin and David Beckham went out, and then when Rohit [Indian captain Sharma] won the toss, you didn’t have to turn around and see who won the toss,” said Sky Sports' pundit Nasser Hussain.

The hosts are strong favourites to progress to the final, having won all nine of their group-stage games. The victors of this match will take on Australia or South Africa in Sunday's final.