Theresa May's childhood hero, cricketer Geoffrey Boycott, has heaped praise on the Prime Minister telling reporters in India that she will be "like Margaret Thatcher".
Mr Boycott, who met Mrs May when she was Home Secretary, said the Prime Minister is "strong", adding his support for her "integrity, principles and honesty".
He also backed Brexit and claimed the country will be better off as an island "not run by France and Germany".
Cricket fan Mrs May has spoken previously of how, as a young girl, she had a poster of Mr Boycott on her bedroom wall, adding: "I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life.
“It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing.”
r Boycott, who happens to be staying in the same hotel as the Prime Minister while on holiday in India, said: "She'll be like Margaret Thatcher, she'll be brilliant.
"She has views and she's strong. Life is about integrity and principles - it should be.
"We want politicians like that with integrity, with principles, with honesty."
His remarks came as it was revealed that Mrs May presented Indian Prime Minister Modi with a silver cricket bat as a present during her visit to the country.
he engraved sterling silver replica has been provided by the English Cricket Board as recognition of the two nation's love of the game.
Asked about whether Mrs May will do a good job as PM and deliver on the Brexit vote Mr Boycott said: "She's got the Prime Minister's job at a very tough juncture in our history, the change and all that's going to happen in the next two or three years.
"It would be very tough for whoever was Prime Minister, she's got it at a very difficult time.
"I was told by a lady who wrote me a wonderful letter before she died many years ago - a big supporter of mine - that 'adversity never breaks a good man; it finds him down like gold to rise up again a better person'.
"She'll show her mettle, won't she?"
e added: "She's got a few more strokes than me."
sked about David Cameron he replied: "I need to improve his batting", adding: "I liked him, he's a very personable guy."
Mrs May is a huge cricket fan and has spoken previously of being brought up listening to Test matches on the radio with her father.
Asked previously about why she counts Mr Boycott among her favourite sportsmen she said he was "a batsman whose priority was the occupation of the crease, fastidiously accumulating runs at a snail’s pace".
Asked if he was in favour of Brexit, he replied: "Yes, I always was because we will be independent, not run by France and Germany. It's the principle of being ourselves.
"We've always been successful as an island; trade with people but not let them run out lives. "Some of the rules from Europe are stupid."
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