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Japanese baseball player Shogo Kimura wants to play the Indian Premier League

Kimura made up his mind after watching two Mumbai Indians games at the Wankhede Stadium

Prabhjeet Sethi @SinghOfGudTimes 21 May 2018, 2:03 PM
Shogo Kimura retired from baseball in 2017

Shogo Kimura retired from baseball in 2017 Image: Twitter

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has already drawn almost every sport star’s attention from across the world.

So much so that it has also urged Japan’s baseball player, Shogo Kimura, to give this million-dollar league a shot.

Kimura, who used to play as an infielder for the Saitama Seibu Lions in the Nippon Professional Baseball league from 2003 to 2017, has just retired last year, and now he wants to give another outdoor sport a shot.

The 37-year-old, who was in Mumbai recently, watched two Mumbai Indians games before making up his mind. Speaking to a leading English daily, he said, “My mind knows I have to hit the ball but my body would freeze when the ball was bowled at me.”

Now, in order to gain some T20 experience, Kimura is planning to play some matches in Australia, because waiting for the 2019 IPL would mean losing a lot of time.

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