Sidhu called Khan the "king of hearts," adding, "Sikandar (Alexander) had won the world with fear and you won hearts all over the world."
The cricketer-turned-politician also praised Khan for his friendship and leadership, reciting Urdu couplets.
'Khan first Pakistani PM for selflessly opening Kartarpur Corridor'
Sidhu went on to say that Khan is the first Pakistan PM to have taken the initiative to open the Kartarpur Corridor selflessly. He said that Khan took the bold step "without looking at gains or losses."
'Khan, Modi have applied ointment on people's wounds'
Further, Sidhu said, "Both sides of Punjab witnessed bloodbath during the partition. You and (Narendra) Modi have applied ointment on the wounds of the people (through this initiative)."
He added, "It is the first time since the partition that the boundaries have been dismantled. No one can deny my friend Imran Khan's contribution. I thank Modi ji also for it."
Sidhu sends 'Munnabhai MBBS-style hug' to Modi
Sidhu set aside his political differences with Modi and said that he sends a "Munnabhai MBBS-style hug" to the Indian PM.
He thanked Modi for realizing the dreams of the Sikh community and said the completion of the Corridor within a period of 10 months was nothing short of a miracle.
Incidentally, Modi had also thanked Khan for "respecting Indian sentiments".
Sidhu called for opening India-Pakistan border trade
Referring to his controversial hug with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa last year, Sidhu said that the hug worked.
Last August, Sidhu hugged Bajwa during Khan's swearing-in ceremony and later said that Bajwa had promised to open the Kartarpur Corridor.
Further, he called for paving the way for India-Pakistan border trade. "Ye dil maange more," he said.
Sidhu granted political clearance for inauguration only this Thursday
Earlier, Sidhu's attendance at the inauguration ceremony had hung in the balance, as he awaited a response from the Modi government for political clearance.
He had written to the Ministry of External Affairs three times, seeking political clearance, after getting a special invite for the ceremony from Khan, his contemporary on the cricket field in the 1980s.