Bangalore: The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, is all set to make his date with India tomorrow by involving himself in a friendly face off with Indian cricket stars Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan.
Usain Bolt and Yuvraj Singh
The World and Olympic champion Bolt will be a part of seven-a-side exhibition match against a team which will have top cricketers of the country, including Yuvraj. While Team Bolt will consist of his best friend Nugent Walker Junior and Indian spinning great Harbhajan Singh, Team Yuvraj will have his long-time friend and renowned Indian bowler Zaheer on his side.
Moreover, both teams will have a specialist wicketkeeper. The four-over match will be played at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which the organisers promise to delight the crowds. However, event organisers - Puma - did not share details about size of the spectators watching the much-hyped match.
However Nasreen Patel, a representative of event management, told PTI that the match would certainly provide an electrifying atmosphere with Bolt showcasing his cricketing talent. The four-over match is being hosted by former India player Ajay Jadeja. In a unique format, Bolt and Yuvraj will be present on the pitch to bat throughout their respective overs.
Four runs will be deducted every time a player gets out. The star Olympian is no mug with cricket as he has exhibited his talent in a similar face off against his fellow countryman Chris Gayle, when he had him clean bowled immediately after he was dispatched for a massive six in a T20 match in West Indies.
"Something of that sort happens with Bolt against Yuvraj, then it will be a great sight and joy for spectators, which they will certainly enjoy seeing a sportsman of different genre doing it," Nasreen said.
In an interview the champion athlete, whose favourite cricketer has been the inimitable Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis, had said that his first love was cricket and wanted to be a fast bowler.
The 28-year-old Bolt, who has a liking for Royal Challengers Bangalore, ran his season ending race recently in Warsaw, Poland by clocking a new world indoor best time of 9.98 secs to win the 100m race in the 5th Warszawski Memorial Kamili Skolimowskie.
The time, clocked in the main football stadium under a closed roof, bettered the previous mark of 10.05 secs of Frankie Fredricks. Bolt had also revealed that he will put back his planned retirement until 2017 upon his sponsors' request. The six-time Olympic gold medallist and world record holder had earlier intended to retire from the track after the 2016 Rio Olympics.