Harper's hockey day in India is cricket

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his ministers used their final hours in Bangalore for a sporting stop at an Indian school: picking up both cricket bats and ball hockey sticks for the crowd and the cameras.

PM picks up a few cricket tips, tries to put the hockey ball in the net with Indian schoolchildren

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Amateur Sport Minister Bal Gosal play ball hockey with students at the Bishop Cotton Boys and Girls School in Bangalore, India on Friday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

There might not be any Hockey Night in Canada, but Stephen Harper got his fix with a little morning hockey in India.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper gets a cricket lesson at the Bishop Cotton Boys and Girls School in Bangalore, India on Friday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The prime minister ran around a balmy ball hockey court at the leafy 147-year-old institution, the Bishop Cotton Boys' School.

Hundreds of students and sari-wearing teachers pressed up against a chain link fence to watch the Canadian leader take a few whacks at the ball.

Harper played with a group of teenage girls from an adjoining school, while junior sport minister Bal Gosal played with the boys.

Earlier, Harper had gotten some tips on playing cricket from the school's cricket team.

This was Harper's last stop on a six-day tour of India, before heading to the Philippines and Hong Kong.