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WATCH: Tennis star Novak Djokovic plays cricket with Smith

Following the takeover of bowling duties by Jackson Warne, the son of the legendary spin maestro Shane Warne, Novak Djokovic assumed the challenge. 

Tennis star Novak Djokovic and Australian cricketer Steve Smith stunned fans when they played cricket and Tennis on the court ahead of the Australian Open.

Video making rounds on social media both the athletes played each other’s game in a light-hearted exchange. Djokovic was left pretty impressed with the skills of Steve Smith. The tennis star acknowledged and applauded the cricketer’s endeavor with a humble bow.

Playing cricket later on, he skipped the first ball but managed to send the ball into the stand, not with the bat, but with his Tennis racket.

Following the takeover of bowling duties by Jackson Warne, the son of the legendary spin maestro Shane Warne, Novak Djokovic assumed the challenge.

With his first shot, Djokovic impressively dispatched the ball into the stands, earning a “six,” but faced difficulties in connecting with the next two deliveries. Subsequently, Djokovic reverted to his preferred tennis racket, much to the joy of the Melbourne Park audience. These light-hearted moments were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience at the court.

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Seeded at the top in the men’s singles at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, a 36-year-old tennis icon, boasts an unparalleled record with 24 Grand Slam victories, surpassing any other male player in the history of tennis.

Djokovic is set to face a qualifier initially, with the potential matchups including Britain’s Andy Murray in the third round and Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.

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The video gained massive traction on social media. Several comments like “Novak Djokovic showing his grand slam skills on the cricket field too,” popped up on X.

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Sharing a video user said, “NovakDjokovic playing Cricket before Australian Open. This is hilarious.”

Another user said: “Cricket is such a meme sport honestly. Djokovic, one of the most supremely gifted athletes ever: elite hand-eye coordination, perfectly conditioned, ball sense in the top millionth of a percentile… can’t play a straight drive off a road for love or money.”