Cricketers around the globe are well known for their love and passion for other sports. Likewise, the Indian cricket team members have a huge following for basketball. Recently, the skipper Virat Kohli revealed that he has been fond of the game from a tender age. The latest input comes from the young superstar Shreyas Iyer, who recently had the time of his life meeting an NBA hall of fame, the one and only Shaquille O’Neal!
Following a brilliant spell in the T20 and ODI series against New Zealand, Shreyas Iyer was checked off from the upcoming Test matches, and the batsman is having some time off the training ground.
The 69th NBA All-Star Game recently took place in Chicago from 14th to 16th February, and Iyer was present in the big event yesterday. Although late to the party, flying all the way to the USA proved worthy for the Mumbaiker, as he went gaga on meeting the iconic Shaquille O’Neal in the event.
Yesterday on his official Twitter handle, the 25 year old posted a picture with O’Neal, along with an enthusiastic caption: “Big @SHAQ 🤩🤩 Such an honour to meet you LEGEND 🏀🙌🙌 #nbaallstar” Check it out here-
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) February 16, 2020
Regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Shaquille O’Neal is a four times NBA champion, and won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2000. he is currently working as a sports analyst for NBA on TNT’s Inside the NBA show.
Inaugurated in 1951, the All Star game is NBA’s annual exhibiton game, with the squad lineup chosen by a voting system where players, supporters and the media votes for their favourite basketball icons in the teams. Last week, Shreyas expressed his enthusiasm for joining up as a live spectator for the grand basketball event.
“I’m thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to witness the NBA All-Star action live from courtside. It’s a dream to watch basketball greats and living legends like LeBron James and Dwight Howard up close in action, and the fan in me just wants to scream of jubilation as I await being there.” Iyer told reporters.