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Woods gets hooked to a different ball game

other Updated: Jan 24, 2012 23:49 IST
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Former world number one Tiger Woods on Tuesday admitted his increasing interest in cricket which coincides with the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship here, saying it's similiar to baseball which he loves.

The 36-year-old is here to feature in the January 26-29 Abu Dhabi Golf championship, which goes side by side to the second Test between Pakistan and England at Abu Dhabi Stadium from Wednesday.

"Baseball is huge in Japan and the US, but outside of that cricket is huge. So as I have travelled and I have played all around the world, I have started to watch more and more," said Woods in his pre-tournament press conference.

Woods, who has modelled in an advertisement with Indian batting master Rahul Dravid, said meeting such people has also helped him understand the game.

"I have met some of the guys, that certainly helps, provides more interest in it. Because now you have personal interest in it, so that's what makes a little bit more exciting," said Woods during the conference held here on Tuesday.

Woods said he does follow cricket a little.

"I am a baseball guy. But have I followed cricket? I have, a little bit. From just what I saw in the news, its been - I think it's been like a batsmen's paradise here," said Woods of the Abu Dhabi Stadium pitch, known for helping batsmen. "That's all I know; what, three guys have gone for centuries or something like that, whatever it is. I don't know.

"But as far as watching cricket, I don't watch, absolutely. Especially, when I am travelling overseas. But my being from the USA, our passion is baseball, or football."

Woods said in his childhood he played baseball - similar in some ways to cricket. "Yeah, you know, because I grew up playing baseball."

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