Ahead of the two-match T20I series against West Indies, Indian cricketers, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar today visited the home of American basketball team Miami Heat here.
On what was supposed to be a day off for the Indian cricket team, the Indian trio was hosted by Tyler Johnson and Briante Weber, the latest recruit of the Miami Heat, at their home ground — The American Airlines Arena.
They were taken around the locker room, gymnasium and the recuperation center before indulging in a brief bout of play between the five of them.
Shikhar and Bhuvneshwar were chatting up with the hosts, while Ashwin seemed to have gone back to his school days of playing basketball.
“I’ve played a bit of Basketball during my school days so that got me really excited while I tried my hand again after so many years. I am thankful to both Weber and Johnson for taking time out and showing us around their home turf,” Ashwin said.
Bhuvneshwar said: “It was great to see these guys and learn about their game. I was impressed with the facilities here and it was a learning experience for me to see the amount of technology being used in sports science.”
Shikhar said: “It was great fun. I am very happy we could make it here. Exchanging thoughts about how the sports have transformed with the latest technology is always good. While I tried to explain these guys how cricket is played, they in return taught me the finer details of basketball.”
The other Indian players had a field day in the new country as some of them went around shopping, while a few others chose to relax at the hotel.
The southern coast of the USA was buzzing after the Indian cricket team arrived in the city of Fort Lauderdale to play two T20Is against West Indies at the Central Broward Regional Park on August 27 and 28.
The Indian contingent reached the city on Tuesday morning. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the skipper of the Indian ODI and T20 team reached Florida yesterday with Jasprit Bumrah.
In an attempt to popularize the sport in non-cricketing nations, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) reached out to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a two match T20 International Series to be played in Florida, USA. As a result, competitive International Cricket will be played on American soil for the very first time.
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