It will be thrill to watch Lee Chong Wei in action: Gavaskar

Updated: Jul 26, 2013, 18:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Legendary cricketer and one of the owners of Mumbai Masters, Sunil Gavaskar is waiting with bated breath to meet world`s numero uno shuttler Lee Chong Wei, and said it will be a "thrill" to watch the Malaysian in action in the inaugural Indian Badminton League.

Along with former Andhra Pradesh cricketer V Chamundeshwarnath and actor Nagarjuna, Gavaskar owns the Mumbai Masters -- the franchise that bought Lee Chong Wei for a whopping USD 135,000 during the players auction of IBL earlier this week.

"I am absolutely delighted that Mumbai Masters have got the players that they have for the first-ever Indian Badminton League. Lee Chong Wei has been the No.1 player for a few years now and it is not easy to maintain the ranking since there are so many new players coming through every year," Gavaskar said.

"Lee Chong Wei`s speed is incredible and there is no doubt that he is the fastest player on the court. It is going to be a great thrill to be able to watch him in action," said the former India skipper.

On three-time All-England champion Tine Baun of Denmark and other top foreign stars acquired by Mumbai Masters in the recently-held IBL auction, Gavaskar said, "Tine Baun has shown what tenacity and perseverance can do. There is no one who works harder than her and it shows in her results.

"I am also looking forward to watching Marc Zwiebler and Vladimir Ivanov as also the Indian players in the team and I am certain that there will be huge entertainment for badminton lovers watching these and other franchise players in action. It promises to be a league to remember."

Lee Chong Wei, who won two Olympics silver medals, said he too is excited at the prospect of meeting the legendary cricketer during the IBL to be held across six cities of the country from August 14 to 31.

"I`m looking forward to meeting Mr. Gavaskar and my team-mates in Mumbai Masters," said Lee Chong Wei, who is currently attending a training camp in Hong Kong.

"I will try to do my best for the team," he added.

Lee Chong Wei also said that watching a cricket match, if possible, on the sidelines of the IBL was also on his wish-list.

"I am curious to witness a cricket match. Hopefully, I will get an opportunity on this trip," he said.

Meanwhile, the reigning European champion from Germany, Zwiebler said IBL will help in promoting the sport across the globe.

"I`m very excited to play in the IBL. The format is interesting because it gives us the chance to promote our sport in one of the biggest countries in the world and at the same time I`m sure we will meet new friends and take home a lot of new experiences," he said.

"I`m looking forward to a great league with lots of world-class players competing with and against each other."