The Wankhede Stadium was abuzz with kids from NGOs and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools as Mumbai Indians took on Sunrisers Hyderabad. The entire stadium had been reserved for underprivileged kids as part of MI owner Nita Ambani’s Education for All initiative.
MI owner Nita Ambani (in white) watches the Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers H’bad tie with kids at the Wankhede on Saturday. Pic/Suresh KK
For the differently-abled children, seated on Level I of the Garware Pavilion, it was a dream-come-true moment.
The 12 autistic kids, who were brought on a wheelchair, were the most thrilled. Hussain Morkas could not sleep a wink on Friday night in his excitement to watch a cricket match live at the stadium. “This is the first time I am coming to a stadium. I had always wanted (to watch a match live), and today that wish has come true,” said the 15-year-old, who watched the proceedings from the air-conditioned Corporate Box.
Hussain’s father, who was watching the proceedings from outside the box, was excited for his son. “I have never seen him so happy. He is crazy about cricket and always asks me to bring him to Wankhede. But because of the massive crowds that turn up for every match, I am afraid of an untoward incident happening,” said the Byculla resident.
David Warner, Malinga clash
When David Warner is on the field, verbal duels are to be expected. With the Sunrisers Hyderabad dispatching Mumbai Indians bowlers all around the park, the frustration was evident on Lasith Malinga’s face when he finally got the SRH skipper Warner.
Lasith Malinga gestures after dismissing SRH skipper David Warner on Saturday. Pic/PTI
The Australian southpaw, who was kept quiet until then by MI, was caught at third man while playing the upper cut off Malinga. The Sri Lankan pacer gave a little verbal send-off as the two crossed paths. Warner, not one to take it quietly, shot back. Thankfully, it ended there before getting ugly.
Happy birthday, Sachin!
Sachin Tendulkar celebrated his 42nd birthday at his Bandra residence on Friday, but fans who missed out on wishing the legendary India batsman in person did so on Saturday during the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
As Tendulkar, the MI icon, walked towards the ground before the match, a few fans did not fail to convey their birthday wishes to the Little Master. The former India skipper acknowledged them by waving his hand.