Celebrity cricket

The one month long cricket tournament played between eight teams hailing from the entertainment industry of India, made a one-day stop at Dubai for 2two separate matches. The teams being the Kerala Strikers led by Padmashree Lt. Col. V. Mohanlal and the Mumbai Heroes with an array of stars including Suniel Shetty, Aftab Shivdasani, Sohail Khan, Sonu Sood, Shabbir Ahluwalia, Yash Tonk, Varun Badola – were very strategically picked considering the high Indian demographic of U.A.E. Of course the Chennai Rhinos and Bengal Tigers also had their supporters scattered over the massively beautiful Dubai Cricket Stadium.


The first match was played between the Kerala Strikers and the Bengal Tigers. It was a smash hit match with the Kerala Strikers winning the toss (as well as the match) and opting to bat first and hit a total score of 245 runs in mere 20 overs with a loss of just 2 wickets. The crowd, with a majority of Kerala Strikers supporters, was the noisiest in this match and went on a frenzy when their team won with amazing scores.


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.

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