President Trump was addressing thousands of people packed into the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad as he kicked off his first official visit to India Monday.
Standing on a glass-fronted dais in the 110,000-capacity venue, Trump praised India’s Bollywood movie industry before moving on to the sport of cricket, which is like a religion across India.
“This is a country where your people cheer on some of the world’s great crickets players from ‘Soo-chin Tendulkerr’ to ‘Virot Ko-lee,'” the president, said to a huge roar.
But the reaction on social media was more mixed about his pronunciations.
Even the governing body of world cricket joined in, with a tweet poking fun at Trump’s less-than-perfect grasp of their names.
“Sach-, Such-, Satch-, Sutch-, Sooch-, Anyone know?” it posted with an accompanying GIF.
President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were speaking at the “Namaste Trump” event at the start of his 36-hour visit to India.