The second match was studded with more globally renowned faces from Bollywood’s film and television industry. It was the Mumbai Heroes vs. two time defending champions the Chennai Rhinos. The cricket field looked like a film set where a lot of drama unfolded with so many handsome stars playing a sturdy game. The Mumbai Heroes with all the bruises and cramps, including a stretcher that was called onto the field, won the game by 19 runs. Shabbir Ahluwalia won ‘Man of the Match’ status.
The celebrity element was amplified with the fact that even more actors and actresses came down to support their teams. The brand ambassadors, namely Bhavna & Mamta Mohandas for the Kerala Strikers, Raima Sen for the Bengal Tigers, Kangana Ranaut, Chitrangadha Singh and Nargis Fakhri for the Mumbai Heroes, all added to the glam quotient. Bengal Tigers owner Boney Kapoor and wife Sridevi with both their daughters, made a pretty picture together for the team.
A very amusing and entertaining event, to watch the unbeatable on-screen heroes being attended to by medics and physiotherapists every 2 overs on an average. Of course reality dawns, they are human too, just like us where a twisted ankle, a muscle cramp or the tough cricket ball hitting the face hurts them just the same way it would hurt us. The whole ‘desi’ Indian element was pumped up with the DJ churning out each team’s signature tune as well as current Indian hit numbers. The league ends on March 10 in Bengaluru. Who are you supporting?
photography by Jeet B.