Young Mumbai Central Cricket team is the reigning champion of the
first season of ‘Muthoot Blue League of Dreams’
- Star performers of the final leg of the tournament were:
- Best Batsmen – Manish Kohli from Young Mumbai Central Cricket
- Best Bowler – Indrajit More from Ukkadgaon CC
- Safest Hand – Jaspreet Singh-Delhi Cricket Council
- Player of the tournament – Nibin Nivas from Spartanz
- Winners of the tournament awarded a grand sum of 1 lakh
- Runner-up received a cheque of amount INR 50,000
- 3rd and 4th teams received cheques for INR 25,000 respectively
- The initiative celebrated the spirit of these teams that have overcome adveristies & challenges to keep their passion for cricket alive
May 18th, 2018: An exciting 2 day tournament,‘The Muthoot Blue League of Dreams’, closed with Young Mumbai Central Cricket team emerging as the winner in a adrenalin driven play off, that saw, 4 shortlisted teams Delhi Cricket Council, Spartanz, Young Mumbai Central Cricket Team, Ukkadgaon C C from Delhi NCR, Kottayam, Mumbai and Parbhani respectively battled it out at the Air India sports club, Kalina stadium in Mumbai. The Muthoot Blue League of Dreams, a nation-wide sporting initiative by Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG), saw unprecendented response to its maiden season with over 1200 registrations coming in from across the nation. The final shortlisted 4 teams played with the celebrated sports stars; Zaheer Khan with Spartanz, Brett Lee with Young Mumbai Central Cricket Team, Herschelle Gibbs with Delhi Cricket Council and Jonty Rhodes with Ukkadgaon CC , also were skippered by the team captains.
The two days tournament saw 8 match sets in total, played across 2 days with the celebrity cricketers encouraging them throughout. Each player across all the 4 teams gave their ‘best innings’ and the team captains skippered the celebrity cricketers like professionals.
The Young Mumbai Central Cricket team, winners of the maiden edition of The Muthoot Blue League of Dreams said, “We feel over the top of the world for not only having won the tournament, but having this spectacular chance to play with such big names in the cricket fraternity. It was a ‘dream come true’ opportunity and we are thankful to Muthoot Pappachan Group for providing us with a great platform like this. We hope to keep pursuing our passion for the game and reach bigger heights.”
Mr. Thomas John Muthoot, Chairman & Managing Director of the Muthoot Pappachan Group (MPG), on the occasion said, “We are proud to have concluded our very first edition of The Muthoot Blue League of Dreams. The resounding response, the enthusiatic playoffs, the fervour on the pitch speak volumes about the grit and passion of these young men. We are glad to have played a part in helping them realise their dreams. On behalf of the MPG family, heartfelt congratualtions to the winning team and to the other teams. We hope they all continue to shine in the game of cricket.”
Mr. Sanjeev Shukla, Chief Marketing Officer, Muthoot Pappachan Group further added, “The League captured the passion and mood of not only the game of circket but also those of the youngsters who played brilliant strokes through the 2 days. The First Muthoot Blue League has been a success and we look forward to many rewarding editions in the future”.
On the occasion, Brett Lee said, “ Congratulations to the Muthoot Blue League of Dreams and Muthoot Pappachan Group. We all have played ‘backyard cricket’ at some point with visions of making it big one day, its great to see these kids finally getting that one opportunity to fulfil those dreams. It’s a wonderful initiative and its great for us as past cricketers to come and play with the people who have a vision and aim to one day play for their country. Its exciting and lot of fun.”
On the occasion, Zaheer Khan said, “ India is a passionate country when it comes to cricket, the street is where the real connection with the game begins and we all at some point have played on the streets. I have grown up playing gully cricket myself and got nostalgic about my earlier days. It’s a different experience, innovative initiative by Muthoot Pappachan Group and am happy to be part of this league. It’s wonderful interacting with the real fans of the game.”
On the occasion, Jonty Rhodes said, “ The League is a great initiative to be part of, the talent, the passion of these young kids is amazing. Am glad I got to play a role in this spectacular event. The players reminded me the reason we play cricket, team spirit and passion. The platform by Muthoot Pappachan Group is fulfilling the dreams of cricketers in India. The difficulty is not getting the game to the common man, but rather providing the young talent with an opportunity and this is where Muthoot Pappachan Group has stepped in. The talent and passion shown by India towards the league makes me confident of its exponential growth with coming editions.”
On the occasion, Herschelle Gibbs said, “It’s a wonderful concept and idea by Muthoot Pappachan Group. This is where it all started, in the backyards, gardens and parks. The play offs gave us a chance to see the passionate people in action. The Muthoot Blue League of Dreams is doing a great job in helping these people realise some of their dreams. It’s a platform for players to show their potential, I am convinced that with the growth of this league you can see some of the players becoming part of some professional leagues one day representing India.”
About Young Mumbai Central Cricket Team (Mumbai)
A team so passionate about the game and with players aged between 21-40 years who come with a unparalled dedication towards the game. There is a member who is a plumber, while another works in the admin department of an office and yet another who is a dance teacher. Whenver they all find time, they play cricket in the gully close to their homes. Their passion and dream for the game is so big that one of the member even mortgaged his mobile phone in order to get money for entering this tournament. They wished to play with Brett Lee and got their wish as they not only had Brett Lee play with them, but he also shared some learnings of the game with each one of them. Goes without saying, they won!
This team received over 65000 votes They aimed to enter the League of Dreams and through their passion for the game, they won the league.