New Delhi, 27 March 2019: Delhi Capitals, the JSW and GMR co-owned franchise, were involved in a fun interactive cricket session with the most successful Olympian of all-time, the legendary swimmer Michael Phelps in New Delhi on Wednesday. The whole Delhi Capitals’ squad played some cricket with the 33-year-old American and were seen exchanging a few tips about their own respective sports. Delhi Capitals’ captain Shreyas Iyer, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, South African all-rounder Chris Morris, and pace-bowler Ishant Sharma, were all seen interacting with Phelps, who ended his career with 28 Olympic medals to his name.
Speaking on meeting the Delhi Capitals squad and watching the Delhi Capitals' match against the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, Michael Phelps said, “I don’t think cricket is my next sport but I loved seeing the match with the Delhi Capitals yesterday. It was nice to see how excited the crowd was, and to see how the players shift when there is a change of ends, or a dismissal. I loved watching the sixes yesterday, and definitely, today has been about getting a couple of tips from the boys, starting with how to hold a bat. So I’m sure I will be better prepared to play cricket when I visit India next.”
Delhi Capitals’ wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant also shared a light moment with the swimming legend. When asked about how Pant would convince Phelps to play cricket, the young Indian said, “I would just tell him that he is most welcome to stay at my place for as long as he wants, where I can teach him how to play the sport.” The 33-year-old American replied with, “That sounds good to me, and it means that I am coach-able which makes me happy.”
South Africa’s Chris Morris, who joined up with the Delhi Capitals’ squad late Monday evening, spoke on how it felt to meet the legendary swimmer. He said, “Like I said the man is an absolute legend. He is the all-time leading Gold Medal winner at the Olympics. It is quite an honour for us to interact with him and I am very excited to see him today. Michael Phelps is a name that is synonymous with Olympics, and there are two Olympians who have become household names, and it is Phelps and Usain Bolt so I’m really buzzing.”
India’s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma also spoke on meeting the man with 23 Olympic gold medals. “It was a great opportunity for all of us to have met him. You know he’s a world champion and we shared a few moments with him as well. He has been a huge motivation to athletes around the world over the years, and it was the same for all of us at the Delhi Capitals today,” said Ishant Sharma.
With a win against Mumbai Indians in their first match and then a loss in their second match against the Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday, Delhi Capitals sit second in the IPL Points Table with two points from two matches, but will be looking forward to get back to winning ways when they play their third match of the IPL 2019 season against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, 30th March 2019 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.
Delhi Capitals’ fans can book their tickets for all the stands, including the Corporate Boxes, Platinum Gallery and The Hill 'A' Super Hospitality, through the official website of the Delhi Capitals at https://www.delhicapitals.in/buy-ticketsPublished 27 Mar 2019, 17:03 IST