In the Pudupettai rehabilitation colony, 180 km south of Chennai, the state capital, hundreds watched the improvised cricket game played on an old red coir mat that was placed on a makeshift pitch.
“It was good fun playing cricket here,” Federer on a two-day UNICEF trip to the region, told Reuters after knocking a few balls that drew huge applause from tsunami survivors.
“I know the sport is huge here. I follow it myself,” said Federer, whose mother is South African.
“In the beginning they threw the ball at me slowly, and then realised that I was not that bad after all.