The craze for cricket in India is immeasurable. Currently, the fever of Indian Premier League (IPL) is reaching its peaks. The top four teams are gearing up for the next level of the competition.
One of the shining stars in the IPL 2017 is Mumbai Indians. The team, supported by Nita Ambani, has been surprising everyone with its performance.
Mumbai Indians creates history
After registering its win against Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs on 13th May 2017, Mumbai Indians became the first ever team to attain 100 victories in the T20 cricket format. Captain Rohit Sharma credited the team’s consistency for this feat.
Mumbai Indians created this record on completing its 176th match, after which, it topped the table and got selected for playoffs. Being on the top gives Mumbai Indians two chances for qualifying in the final.
Mumbai Indians’ journey
Mumbai Indians has been playing the IPL since its launch in 2008. The team lost its first match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets. Mumbai Indians registered its first win in its fifth match against Kolkata Knight Riders held on 29th April 2008, under the captainship of Sachin Tendulkar.
Mumbai Indians has won the IPL title twice, in 2013 and 2015. In both the years, the team defeated Chennai Super Kings in the finals. So far, Mumbai Indians has played 154 matches in the IPL. It won 89 matches, lost 64, and tied one. Besides, the team has played 22 matches in Champions League T20 between 2010 and 2014. Out of these, it has won 11, lost nine, and abandoned two. It also won the Champions League T20 in 2011 and 2013. In 2011, Mumbai Indians won its first trophy after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore and in 2013, the team won the final against Rajasthan Royals.
Over the years, Mumbai Indians has registered the following number of wins in the IPL.
- 2008 – 7 out of 14 matches
- 2009 – 6 out of 14 matches
- 2010 – 12 out of 20 matches
- 2011 – 14 out of 22 matches
- 2012 – 10 out of 21 matches
- 2013 – 17 out of 24 matches
- 2014 – 8 out of 18 matches
- 2015 – 10 out of 16 matches
- 2016 – 7 out of 14 matches
- 2017 – 9 out of 14 group stage matches
Role of Nita Ambani in shaping Mumbai Indians
Nita Ambani is the backbone of the Mumbai Indians team. She plays a major role in the development of the team. Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), Mukesh Ambani feels that his wife has built the Mumbai Indians brand, which is even bigger than Reliance.
Mrs. Ambani has supported Mumbai Indians during the team’s highs and lows. She is a motivator and helps the team overcome its challenges. With her lively energy and enthusiasm, she boosts the morale of the team. She is an expert in fostering an optimistic environment and lifting the spirits of the team.
Nita Ambani is actively involved in the team planning phases. She also gives her inputs in gaming strategies during dressing room meets. In addition to this, during every match, she always cheers for her team.
Nita Ambani’s love for sports and Mumbai Indians
The ten years’ journey with Mumbai Indians is close to Nita Ambani’s heart. She feels that these ten years of her life were overloaded with magical and memorable moments. She says that Mumbai Indians came silently into her life and filled it with emotions that left a huge impact on her.
Nita Ambani is a sports lover. Her passion for sports is visible to all. Her contribution towards sports has earned her the position of a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Being the Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, she works for the development of different sports in India.
Reliance Foundation’s EFA program
Reliance Foundation and Mumbai Indians together support the ‘Education for All’ (EFA) initiative designed for providing underprivileged children with access to good quality education. As a part of the program, Nita Ambani takes around 18,000 underprivileged children to Wankhede stadium every year. She gives them an opportunity to witness a live cricket match. All the children donning the jersey of Mumbai Indians cheer for the team.
During the match, Mrs. Ambani ensures that proper arrangements are made to take care of the kids and make them comfortable. With this one-day annual outing, she aims for spreading the message of ‘education for all’ among the global fans of cricket and also bring smile and happiness to the faces of thousands of children.