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What happens when Cricketing legends don a different avatar and hit the links in style? The result is pure magic and a treat for both the Cricket and the Golf buffs.
Cricketing legend Yuvraj Singh will begin his second innings in the form of Golf
After carving innumerable milestones in the cricketing landscape, Cricket legend Yuvraj Singh is all set to begin his second innings- but this time on the Golf pitch. Singh is a part of a star-studded inaugural Icons Series golf tournament that kicks off from today at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Yuvraj Singh will represent the Rest of the World, captained by golf legend Ernie Els, a four-time Major champion. South African AB de Villiers, Australian Ricky Ponting and West Indies’ Brian Lara are the other former superstar cricketers in the team.
Australia's cricket legend Ricky Ponting is a also a Golf enthusiast
The Icons Series, which features a 10-hole team match-play format, will have a host of celebrity athletes and players teeing off. There will be two teams – Team USA and the Rest of the World – who will be pitted against each other. Each team will field 12 players.
Other members include Aussie tennis Grand Slam champion Ashleigh Barty, England football captain Harry Kane and Liverpool’s James Milner among others.
West Indies cricketing legend Brian Lara is making his mark on the fairways
“I’m really excited to join the Icons Series and represent India in the Rest of the World team,” Yuvraj Singh said.
“We already have a team full of great talent and the toughest of competitors and it’s going to be nice to actually play alongside AB De Villiers, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara after years of battling it out in the middle on the cricket field in our own sport.”
Team USA will be led by Fred Couples, and features the Olympics' most decorated athlete, Michael Phelps. The rest of the team largely comprises American football players.
Yuvraj Singh is the only Indian playing in the Icons Series.
Icons Series golf teams
Team USA: Fred Couples (captain), Michael Phelps, Michael Strahan, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Whitworth, Robbie Gould, Marshall Faulk, Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Brice Butler, Golden Tate, John Smoltz, JR Smith.
Rest of the World: Ernie Els (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, AB de Villiers, Ash Barty, Harry Kane, James Milner, Alan Smith, George Gregan, Gavin Hastings, Ivan Rodriguez, Canero Alvarez.
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