With the two-match T20I series against West Indies will start in Florida on Saturday, Indian cricket team players Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar paid visit to Miami Heats, the NBA team from Florida.

The Indian cricket team will hit the nets on Friday, therefore, Thursday was an off day for the players and the three decided  to make the most of it. The three were at the American Airlines Arena, Miami Heats home court, with two of Heats players-Tyler  Johnson and Brintante Weber.

While Ashwin did try a hand at the game, Bhuvneshwar and Dhawan  indulged  in chatting  with the two players.  The trio also visited  the locker room, gymnasium, and the recuperation  center.

Ashwin, who has played the game during his school days, said he was excited to play the game again after so many years.

“I’ve played a bit of Basketball during my school days so that got me really excited while I tried my hand again after so many years. I am thankful to both Weber and Johnson for taking time out and showing us around their home turf,” Ashwin said.

Bhuvneshwar, who hails from Meerut, said that it was a great experience to learn  the game and visit the court.

“It was great to see these guys and learn about their game. I was impressed with the facilities here and it was a learning experience for me to see the amount of technology being used in sports science,” he said.

Indian left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan said,  “It was great fun. I am very happy we could make it here. Exchanging thoughts about how the sports have transformed with the latest technology is always good. While I tried to explain to these guys how cricket is played, they in return taught me the finer details of basketball.”

This is the first time that BCCI and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to stage an internationals series in the United  States in order to promote cricket in the richest country in the world.