Washington: Indian cricket team is making most of the time before the two-match T20I series against West Indies begins in Florida on Saturday. Limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni, along with Jasprit Bumrah, has joined the team.
In a picture shared by BCCI’s official twitter handle, the team is seen enjoying dinner before action begins. Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli and Stuart Binny were in a “buzzing cab” on way back to their hotel. “Welcome to the states,” wrote India’s Test skipper. Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar paid a visit to Miami Heats, the NBA team from the area. Thursday was kept as an off-day for the players and the three decided to make the most of it. The three were at the American Airlines Arena, Miami Heats home court, with two of Heats players Tyler Johnson and Briante Weber.
While Ashwin did try a hand at the game, Bhuvneshwar and Dhawan induldged in chatting with the two players. The trio also visited the the locker room, gymnasium and the recuperation center. Ashwin, who has played the game during his school days, said he was excited to play the game again after so many years.
“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, who hails from Meerut, said that it was great experience to learn the game and visit the court.
“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,” he said.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan 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.”
This is the first time that BCCI and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to stage an international series in the United States, a bid to popularise the game in the States.