Cricket is not just a sport in India. It is a religion. Indian fans have a huge craze for the game. The love for cricket elevated when the Indian Premier League (IPL) was introduced in 2008. IPL brought the fans closer to cricket. Millions of fans turn up to the stadiums to cheer for their favorite teams during the tournament. It is the most popular domestic tournament that has grabbed the attention of many international players as well. IPL has created and revived the careers of many players. With new ambitions, players of different nationalities are seen interacting with each other at the league. Moreover, an IPL stamp becomes a huge landmark in the careers of the players.
IPL is usually hosted in major Indian cities during the months of April and May. The tournament lasts for around one and a half month with nearly 60 total matches. With the league turning ten this year, the enthusiasm of the team and fans is greater than ever.
Nita Ambani led Mumbai Indians team
The Reliance Group owns a team in the IPL since its launch. The team is named Mumbai Indians. Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has been associated with the team for many years. Nita Ambani led Mumbai Indians lifted the winner’s trophy at the IPL in 2013 and 2015 beating Chennai Super Kings both the times. Last year, Mumbai Indians ranked fifth.
After the constant ups and downs, the team is now reviving with a new spirit. Former Sri Lanka captain, Mahela Jayawardene is the new coach of the two-time winner team. Experts said that the documented team looks as one of the strongest teams of this season.
With skipper Rohit Sharma, the team has star cricketers like Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, and Kieron Pollard. New additions to the team include Mitchell Johnson, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Gowtham K., Karn Sharma, Kulwant Khejrolia, and Asela Gunaratne. Other players in the squad include Jasprit Bumrah, Vinay Kumar, Jos Butler, Krunal Pandya, Shreyas Gopal, Parthiv Patel, Siddhesh Lad, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma, Nitish Rana, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tim Southee, and Lendl Simmons.
Nita Ambani’s involvement in Mumbai Indians
Nita Ambani, the Founder of Reliance Foundation and wife of Mukesh Ambani has been closely involved with Mumbai Indians. She has been a prominent face of the team since the second season.
Mrs. Ambani stood with the Mumbai Indians team through all its highs and lows. She supported the team during its rough phases and encouraged the players to perform better with every win. Mrs. Ambani is a sports enthusiast. Her commitment towards sports has made her a member of International Olympic Committee.
Mrs. Ambani takes an active part in tasks ranging from team planning to strategizing. She is always present at the stands to cheer the team. She motivates and rejuvenates their spirits. Her aura is such that it imparts a lively energy to the team.
Mumbai Indians failed to retain its winning title in 2014 but bounced back in 2015. In 2015, the team lost the first four consecutive games. However, the team along with Nita Ambani sailed through the difficult phase with unity, optimism, and dedication. Mrs. Ambani was present in the dressing room meets and helped the team overcome the challenges. She is a master in creating a positive environment and lifting team spirits.
Back in 2015, Nita Ambani strategically planned a team of youngsters supported by experts. Mentors Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble, and Head Coach Ricky Ponting guided the young team. This made Mumbai Indians lift the winning cup once again. Additionally, spinner Harbhajan Singh earned a position in the Indian team post the victory and Mrs. Ambani was extremely happy for him.
Nita Ambani’s EFA program
Nita Ambani spearheads the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Foundation. In association with the Mumbai Indians, Reliance Foundation runs an initiative known as Education for All (EFA). The Mumbai Indians team sponsors and supports this initiative led by Nita Ambani. The program is aimed at providing good quality education to underprivileged kids and focusing on their overall development.
Under EFA, every year, Mumbai Indians team books the entire Wankhede Stadium for a day for the underprivileged children. Mrs. Ambani takes nearly 18,000 kids from different NGOs of Maharashtra to make them cheer for their team and get a lifetime experience. Through this, Mrs. Ambani aims to spread the social cause of education among global fans of the team. This gesture of Nita Ambani and Mumbai Indians is unique for the IPL and appreciated by many veterans.