"I’m flying to Cleveland to play the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game"
Ranveer Singh is heading to the United States to play in the 2022 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.
The Bollywood megastar will be playing on February 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside a whole host of celebrities.
This includes the likes of rappers Quavo, Anuel AA and Jack Harlow, NFL player Myles Garrett and comedian Tiffany Haddish.
The teams will be coached by NBA legends Bill Walton and Dominique Wilkins.
The match is an annual event where celebrities from the world of entertainment and music rub shoulders with some of the past and present greats from the world of sports in a game of basketball.
It precedes the NBA All-Star Game which sees fans vote for the basketball players they want to see.
The 2022 edition will be Team LeBron vs Team Durant.
As for the celebrity game, Ranveer Singh expressed his excitement in an Instagram Story.
He posted a picture of the teams’ rosters with an arrow pointing towards his name, writing:
“Ish ya boi.”
Ranveer confirmed his participation in an Instagram Q&A with his fans and he revealed he would be getting some extra practice so he can give his best on the court.
He had said: “I’m flying to Cleveland to play the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game later this month.
“Better get some practice, warna naak kat jayegi (otherwise I’ll make a fool of myself).”
While Ranveer Singh will be playing the 2022 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, he is not the first Bollywood star to do so.
In 2015, Abhishek Bachchan became the first Indian to take part.
At New York’s Madison Square Garden, he played alongside the likes of actors Anthony Anderson, Ansel Elgort and the late Chadwick Boseman.
Ranveer has an association with basketball as the NBA appointed the actor as their brand ambassador for India in September 2021.
During the announcement, Ranveer had said:
“I have loved basketball and the NBA since my childhood and have always been fascinated with its influence on popular culture including music, fashion and entertainment.
“With the NBA tipping off its 75th season celebrations, there couldn’t have been a better time to join forces with the league and support their efforts to grow basketball in the country.”