Tsunami Relief Match
Bollywood and Indian cricket do their bit for Tsunami affect. Just over a month after a deadly Tsunami wrecked havoc in South Asia, Bombay's Wankhede Stadium played host to a celebrity cricket match – 'The Airtel Hope Cup' - aimed at raising funds to help rebuild the lives of those affected by the deadly waves.
The best of Bollywood and Indian cricket were seen in action at the match – the brain child of none other than India's only World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev. Bollywood was represented by Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Makrand Deshpande, Madhavan, Mithun Chakraborthy, Bomman Irani, etc. From the cricketing fraternity, the who's who of Indian cricket was there – Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Parthiv Patel, Javagal Srinath, Ajay Jadeja, just to name a few.An unfit Sachin Tendulkar – laid low by the tennis elbow – was the guest of honor for the evening – although troubled his arm.
The 'Little Master' made his presence felt and even spun the coin at the toss.Kapil Dev, captain of the Kapil Dev XI, won the toss and preferred to chase under the lights. Aamir Khan's XI, boasting of the likes of Mohammad Kaif, etc., posted a healthy total of 246 from their allotted 30 overs.
Mohammad Kaif stole the show for the first half of the innings with a sparkling century. Aamir Khan himself was a bit of a disappointment; he could not quite match the heroics of Bhuvan of Lagaan.When it was Kapil’s XI turn to bat, it was left to the pyrotechnics of one Virender Sehwag, who hit a boundary everytime the crowd asked for one. His India team-mate Yuvraj Singh came in for special treatment – Sehwag hit him for consecutive boundaries, although the latter finally managed to dismiss him.
After all the stars came in, played a few shots and walked out, a certain Javagal Srinath saw to it that there were no more hiccups and took his team to victory with just one ball remaining.
CThe match itself, produced by Sportzworkz, was telecast live on national carrier Doordarshan's sports channel, along with Sahara One, Hungama Tv.
ING-Vysya contributed Rupees Five Thousand for every boundary hit and Rupees Ten Thousand for every six hit – this netted a total of Rupees Three Lakhs and Ninety Thousand. The Sahara group also announced a donation of Rupees Ten Crore towards the cause.