Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic swimmer of all time, tried his hand at cricket on Wednesday when he visited Indian Premier League side Delhi Capitals. Phelps, who was in the country for a promotional event, was assisted by India international and Delhi Capitals wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who taught him the basics of the game. The legendary athlete took picture with the squad and also hit few shots.
Speaking to Gulf news, 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.” said Phelps, when asked about his experience in India over the last couple of days.
The ace swimmer was in attendance to enjoy the match at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday when Delhi Capitals hosted defending champions Chennai Super Kings.
Be it swimming or cricket, you just can't beat @MichaelPhelps' strokeplay 😎
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 27, 2019
Phelps is regarded as the greatest Olympian of all time, having won 28 medals, including 23 gold across four Olympics from Athens 2004 to Rio 2016 in various swimming events.
Delhi has so far played two matches in the current season winning one and losing one. The Shreyas Iyer-led side opened their campaign by beating Mumbai Indians in their opening game. They, however, ran out of steam in the second match losing to defending champions Chennai Super Kings at Kotla.
The Delhi Capitals outfit is the only team in the league’s history to have never made the final of the competition since the league began in 2008. Delhi will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 30.