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Rohit Sharma throws the ‘first pitch’ at Seattle Mariners game

Former US Presidents like George W Bush and Barrack Obama have thrown the ceremonial ‘First Pitch’ on previous occasions

cricket Updated: Jun 04, 2018 17:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Rohit Sharma,Ritika Sajdeh,Seattle Mariners
Rohit Sharma with his wife Ritika Sajdeh at Safeco Field, Seattle Mariners’ home ground.(Twitter)

Rohit Sharma on Sunday became the first Indian cricketer to be involved in the ceremonial ‘first pitch’ throw in major League Baseball after he was invited by Seattle Mariners to do the honour.

Sharma, who visited the United States of America along with his wife Ritika Sajdeh, took to Twitter to share a photo of the duo at Safeco Field, the home ground of Seattle Sounders. “Great fun throwing the first pitch for @Mariners with my lady by my side @SafecoField,” Rohit wrote on his official handle along with the picture.

In the past US Presidents like Barrack Obama and George W Bush have thrown ‘First Pitch’ and it’s understandable why Sharma was excited to be included in the exclusive list.

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The Indian batsman had a modest outing recently in the Indian Premier League where he scored 286 runs in 14 matches at an average of 23.83, including to half-centuries. His side Mumbai Indians, also the then defending champions however even failed to go past the group stages and finished fifth in the table with 12 points from 14 matches.

Sharma has also recently faced the axe from India’s squad against Afghanistan where the nation will play their debut game in the longest format. He, however, wasn’t too bothered. Speaking to PTI on his exclusion, he had stated: “For me, I am not at a stage to worry about whether I’ll be picked or not. I need to enjoy my game. The first five-six years of my career, it was all about ‘oh, will I be picked? Will I play’! Now it’s all about enjoying the game. These things keeps adding pressure on you. Instead, it’s best to enjoy yourself in what you do and give your best.”

First Published: Jun 04, 2018 17:54 IST