While politicians back in the UK are locking horns over the future of the press, Boris Johnson is, well, being Boris.

On Wednesday night, Johnson met the England cricket team at a gala reception in Mumbai, where he chatted with batsman Kevin Pietersen, whom he described as having a "zen-like focus" at the crease. The pair also shared batting tips.

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Boris pictured playing cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach

He appears to have taken the advice to heart, being pictured playing cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach after meeting Bollywood film directors.

The mayor of London is being given the full VIP treatment on his arrival in India's trade capital Mumbai - with an armed guard keeping watch outside his hotel room.

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The mayor of London is being given the full VIP treatment on his arrival in India's trade capital Mumbai

A source said: "There's four or five guards on his floor, although one does look a bit dozy."

Mumbai is much hotter than Delhi and Hyderabad at this time of year and the film executives who had chosen to meet Mr Johnson wore pale linen suits and aviator sunglasses.

After enjoying talks on the bar's terrace, decked out with white linen sofas and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the mayor headed indoors for an hour-long meeting.

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  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson at the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 6

    London mayor Boris Johnson rides a bicycle around the Gate of India in Mumbai, after meeting business leaders at the Bombay Stock Exchange, as part of a week long tour of India where he is trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes a walk through the streets of Mumbai today after playing cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu beach.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes a walk through the streets of Mumbai today after playing cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu beach.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives at the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today with England cricketer Kevin Pietersen (right) and former rugby player Lawrence Dellaglio (far right).

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes a walk on Juhu beach in Mumbai today where he played cricket with local Mumbai school boys after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays the 'Ball Game' with former rugby player Lawrence Dellaglio and local children involved in the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes a walk on Juhu beach in Mumbai today where he played cricket with local Mumbai school boys after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson hands out sports equipment to local children involved in the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays the 'Ball Game' with former rugby player Lawrence Dellaglio and local children involved in the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays the 'Ball Game' with former rugby player Lawrence Dellaglio and local children involved in the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays the 'Ball Game' with former rugby player Lawrence Dellaglio and local children involved in the Magic Bus Project in Mumbai today.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach in India today after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach in India today after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach in India today after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 5

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson plays cricket with local Mumbai school boys on Juhu Beach in India today after meeting Bollywood film directors.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson chats with Indian and British businessmen and women at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai to promote the UK's 'GREAT' campaign promoting British trade.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    England cricketers Stuart Broad (left), James Anderson (2nd left), Kevin Pietersen (2nd right) and Matt Prior (right) pose for a photograph with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson flies to Mumbai in India from Hyderabad with his staff, Will Walden, Press Secretary (back) and Ben Gascoigne, Private Secretary (right) and Evening Standard reporter Pippa Crerar (left),where he met various business leaders.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson flies to Mumbai in India from Hyderabad with his staff, Will Walden, Press Secretary (back) and Ben Gascoigne, Private Secretary (right) and Evening Standard reporter Pippa Crerar (left),where he met various business leaders.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    England cricketers Stuart Broad (left), James Anderson (2nd left), Kevin Pietersen (2nd right) and Matt Prior (right) pose for a photograph with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    The England cricketer team pose for a photograph with Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson talks to England cricketer Kevin Pietersen (right) at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    England cricketers Stuart Broad (left), James Anderson (2nd left), Kevin Pietersen (2nd right) and Matt Prior (right) pose for a photograph with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 28, 2012. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    England cricket captain Alastair Cook takes a photograph of himself and Mayor of London Boris Johnson (right) at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to business leaders at Infotech in Hyderabad today where he earlier met government ministers and other high tech businesses in Hyderabad. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson flies to Mumbai in India from Hyderabad where he is on a week long tour and will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson flies to Mumbai in India from Hyderabad where he is on a week long tour and will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to the media after visiting Infotech and other high tech businesses in Hyderabad. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson flies to Mumbai in India from Hyderabad where he is on a week long tour and will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to the media after visiting Infotech and other high tech businesses in Hyderabad. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad where he met students and business leaders. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London.

  • Boris Johnson visits India - Day 4

    Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi Airport in India.