David Beckham makes surprise appearance at Cricket World Cup semi-final in India

David Beckham with Sachin Tendulkar before the coin toss

Beckham meets the New Zealand players

Beckham was unable to attend Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral on Monday and sent apologies to Charlton’s family and Manchester United. Charlton was his father’s hero and Beckham had a close relationship with the United great.

India are strong favourites to win the World Cup after obliterating the field in the Super 10s standings, winning every one of their nine matches, and they made a blistering start to the semi-final courtesy of captain Rohit Sharma’s explosive batting.

South Africa and Australia face off in the other semi-final on Thursday, before Sunday’s final at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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