IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant Turns Coach For Olympic Legend Michael Phelps

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Rishabh Pant rurns coach for michael phelps
Michael Phelps and Rishabh Pant share a cricket moment. Image Source - Delhi Capitals Twitter

  • Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest Olympian, spent some time with the players of Delhi Capitals.
  • The 23-time Olympic gold medallist was seen taking batting lessons from Rishabh Pant as he tried his hand at cricket in the nets.
  • Phelps after watching DC vs CSK, said: "Don't think cricket is my next sport but I loved seeing the match".

Delhi Capitals, the JSW and GMR co-owned franchise, were involved in a fun interactive cricket session with the most successful Olympian of all-time, the legendary swimmer Michael Phelps in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

Speaking on meeting the cricketers and watching Delhi Capitals match against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday night, the American legend 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,” the 33-year-old was quoted as saying in a media release.


Phelps interacted with Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, South African all-rounder Chris Morris and pace bowler Ishant Sharma.

“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,” he quipped.


Batting lessons from Pant

The 23-time Olympic gold medallist was seen taking batting lessons from Rishabh Pant as he tried his hand at cricket in the nets. In a video shared by Delhi Capitals on Instagram, Pant can be seen helping him with his stance while imparting batting tips to the swimming great.


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Michael Phelps takes batting lessons from Rishabh Pant!

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After sharing a light moment with the legendary swimmer, Pant was asked how would he convince Phelps to play cricket. In reply, the left-hander told IANS: “I would just tell him that he is most welcome to stay at my place for as long as he wants, where I can teach him how to play the sport”.

The Delhi Capitals squad was elated to meet Phelps

Morris, who joined the Delhi squad late on Monday evening, spoke about how it felt to meet the legendary swimmer.


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Just a causal chat before we got together for the group picture! 📸

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“Like I said the man is an absolute legend. He is the all-time leading gold medal winner at the Olympics. It is quite an honour for us to interact with him and I am very excited to see him today.”

“Michael Phelps is a name that is synonymous with Olympics, and there are two Olympians who have become household names, and it is Phelps and Usain Bolt so I’m really buzzing,” he said.

Ishant said meeting Phelps was inspiring.

“It was a great opportunity for all of us to have met him. You know he’s a world champion and we shared a few moments with him as well. He has been a huge motivation to athletes around the world over the years, and it was the same for all of us at the Delhi Capitals today,” he said.

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