Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt enthralled the audience on his first visit to IndiaReuters

Usain Bolt the showman took charge at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, giving the thousands of fans who had come to witness the "fastest man on earth" everything they came for – a few huge sixes with the willow, some banter with his rival for the day Yuvraj Singh and plenty of entertainment.

It was billed as Team Yuvi vs Team Bolt, and, almost on expected lines really, Bolt took home the honours in the cricket contests, while Yuvraj, huffing and puffing, won the 100 metre (well, more like 50 metres) run-off.

Bolt was brought to India for the first time by Puma, and the Jamaican running machine, after laughing his way through a press conference, engaged around 5000 fans at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, who would do nothing but chant "Bolt, Bolt, Bolt" through the event.

The Jamaican threw down the gauntlet ahead of the face-off by reminding Yuvraj of how he had famously castled his compatriot Chris Gayle in an exhibition match a few years ago.

"I'm ready," said Bolt. "Did you not see me get rid of Chris Gayle? I'm going to embarrass you."

All in good fun, of course, Yuvraj responded in kind by claiming him and Harbhajan Singh had a plan all sorted to beat the unbeatable man in the 100m race.

Fans had to wait for a little while before they could see that race, though, with the festivities at the Chinnaswamy beginning with a bowl out, as Ajay Jadeja compered the proceedings.

Bolt, wearing a shirt with 9.58 -- his 100m world record -- on his back, had a go, after Harbhajan, who struck the wicket once, with the Jamaican also smashing the stumps on one occasion. Yuvraj's team, which had Pawan Suyal and Aditya Tare, also gave it a nice go, with both teams eventually drawing the contest at 3-3.

As rain continued to play truant, the four overs per side match was delayed a little bit, but it certainly did not dampen the fans' enthusiasm. Once the rain did relent, everyone got to see the skills of the great Bolt, the sheer athlete, making bowling look as easy as an apple pie, and then belting Yuvraj for six after six, before scoring the winning runs via a massive six straight down the ground.

Bolt had earlier revealed he was a big cricket fan, and could have easily pursued the sport as a career, with his skills on the cricket field certainly backing up that claim. "My dad is a huge cricket fan," he told a press conference earlier in the day. "Because the matches in India used to be at night in Jamaica, he would come to my room and always watch the match, so I grew up watching a lot of cricket.

"It was in high school that I decided to pursue track and field as my dad said considering the system it is easier to get noticed in an individual sport than a team game.

"So blame my dad for me not being a cricket," he added with a grin."

The crowd went wild courtesy that brilliant batting performance from Bolt, who then let Yuvraj take the plaudits in the short race, with the India cricketer celebrating the "massive" win over arguably the best sprinter the world has ever seen with a football-like knee slide followed by the famous Bolt-patented bow and arrow celebration.

It was Bolt's day, though, and the 28-year-old showed his appreciation to the big crowd that had gathered to see him by taking a lap around the stadium, and making time for autographs, hugs and a photo or two, leaving with a promise of a quick return to India.

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