Bhamara hopes to inspire cricket-mad India

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NEW DELHI: India’s Satnam Singh Bhamara is hoping his historic selection in the NBA will kickstart a basketball boom in his cricket-obsessed home country. The 19-year-old center admitted he was incredibly nervous in the run up to the NBA Draft, which saw him become the first India-born selection when he was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday. The 7-foot-2-inch (2.18m) Bhamara, originally from a village in northern Punjab state, is hoping he can generate enthusiasm for the sport in India — in much the same way that superstar Yao Ming sparked a basketball frenzy in China.

AFP

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