“If they permit me to bowl..,” Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra reveals hilarious IPL wish after javelin career

He joked that if he is allowed to bowl like the way he throws javelin, he can join the IPL.


“If they permit me to bowl..,” Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra reveals hilarious IPL wish after javelin career

Neeraj Chopra, Jasprit Bumrah

Ahead of his first competition of this season at the Diamond League in Doha on Thursday (May 4), Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra was asked whether he will ever try to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) post his javelin career.

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Cricket is very popular in India,” the Olympic gold medallist said during a press conference ahead of his game, which is on May 5. “Indian bowlers are also very good. They have a fast arm. In javelin too, we need a fast arm. So I think it is a natural talent in India. This is a plus point for us,” he asserted.

He was comparing cricket with javelin throw to show that the latter sport did not become famous just because of his winning the Olympics gold. He then joked that if he is allowed to bowl like the way he throws javelin, he can join the IPL.

It is tough because cricket is a physical sport, but we will see,” Chopra said when asked whether he will ever play in the IPL. “If they permit me to bowl like I throw the javelin, I can join cricket,” Chopra joked.

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The 16th edition of IPL is currently underway

"Will join IPL if permitted to," Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra reveals hilarious wish after javelin career
IPL 2023

The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is currently underway and a total of 46 matches are already completed. Today, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are locking horns with each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Defending champions Gujarat Titans are currently sitting on top of the points table with six wins from nine matches. Faf du Plessis leads the Orange Cap list with 466 runs from nine matches, while Mohammed Shami has picked up the most number of wickets, 17, from nine matches so far. The playoffs will be played from May 23, while the final is on May 28.

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