Indian cricket star Shreyas Iyer, who’s at present in Chicago for the continuing 69th NBA All-Star Weekend, caught up with basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal on Sunday. The proper-hander was not included within the squad for the upcoming Test collection towards New Zealand, and appears to be having fun with his day off from cricket. Iyer posted a photograph on his official Twitter account on Sunday during which he was seen standing alongside the Los Angeles Lakers legend. In the tweet, Iyer wrote: “Big @SHAQ. Such an honour to meet you LEGEND.”
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) February 16, 2020
An avid basketball fan, the Indian batsman is schedule to be on the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on February 15 and the NBA All-Star Game on February 16 on the United Center. Having been thought to be the way forward for India’s batting line-up, Shreyas has been the mainstay of the center-order over the previous eight months together with his prolific run of type within the restricted overs codecs.
Commenting on his go to earlier this week, Iyer had mentioned: “I’m thrilled to have this glorious alternative to witness the NBA All-Star motion reside from courtside. It’s a dream to observe basketball greats and dwelling legends like LeBron James and Dwight Howard up shut in motion, and the fan in me simply needs to scream of jubilation as I await being there.
“I look ahead to experiencing the tradition and fan craze of a special degree that I’ve seen on TV until now whereas rising up,” he had added. The India batsman, who was in prolific type within the restricted-overs collection towards New Zealand, is anticipated to return to Indian jersey for the upcoming ODI collection towards South Africa subsequent month in India.
Meanwhile, NBA commissioner Adam Silver introduced that the All-Star Game MVP award will now be referred to as the Kobe Bryant Award as gamers lined as much as pay tribute to the late NBA icon on Saturday. “Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA all-star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game,” Silver mentioned. “He always relished the opportunity to compete with the best of the best and perform at the highest level for millions of fans around the world.”