In an initiative to celebrate and keep the spirits soaring of the
recent win at the T20 cricket world cup by the Indian cricket team, The
Indian Television Academy
(ITA) in association with BIG Reach
hosted a day & night star-studded celebrity T20 Cricket Matc
h in an effort to support the cause of ‘Beti’ - a movement against female foeticide
This high-strung celebrity cricket match involved the who’s who from
the glamorous world of the Television industry and was held at the very
popular Andheri Sports Complex. Ace Indian cricketer and member of the
World Cup winning T20 Indian team member S. Sreesanth
supported the noble cause and cheered the cricketers.
The match had prominent television stars, actors, anchors participating
and showing solidarity for the cause. Varun Badola
captained the team
(Television Cricket Club of India) and Manav Gohil
captained the team of TCL
(Television Cricket League).
The commentators included actor and BIG 92.7 FM RJ Vrajesh Hirjee
Archana Jani, Ravi
Behl Tanaaz Currim, Manini De, Suresh Menon
Roy, Sumeet Raghavan
and Manoj Joshi
. Dressed as cheerleaders and
supporting their teams were sizzling women of the television industry
including Roopali Ganguly, Parakh Madan
, Poonam Gulati
Bassi, Gauri Nigudkar
and Jasweer to name a few.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jayyant Bhokare, Vice President – Business Development, BIG Reach
, said “We
are excited to be partnering with The ITA for the charity T20 Cricket
Match which only gets bigger and better. This charity event will offer
an excellent opportunity and value for advertisers and fabulous
entertainment for audiences.”
Here are the Teams:
TCI V/S TCCI:
Here is a gist of the Happenings from the Match:
led by Manav Gohil
were all out for 87 runs. Captain Manav and Bakhtiyaar scored the most.
• Bakhytiyaar, the highest scorer of TCL, was
involved in an unfortunate run out with the youngest player – Aditya
• For TCCI
, Shashi Ranjan
was the pick of the bowlers, and Anand Suryavanshi
got 3 wickets, and he was on a hat trick too at one time.
• The evening was made more entertaining with performances by Mika, Shaan and Shilpa Rao.
• TCCI chased the total of 88, with good
contributions from their batsmen, Vikas Manaktala
• The Man of the Match
was Anand Suryavanshi
for his allround performance.
• The Best Bowler
was Varun Badola
• The Award for the Best Batsman
went to Bakhtiyaar.
Sanjay Behl, Head Brand & Marketing, Reliance Communications
, said, "The
new format of Twenty20 cricket has created tremendous interest not just
among the cricket enthusiasts but also among newer customer segments
like women and children too. Reliance Mobile is proud to have been the
'Global Partner' of the first edition of the ICC T20 World Championship
in South Africa."
"Today, we are proud to be associated
with the ITA Twenty20 match being played by celebrities from the field
of television to support the noble cause of protecting the girl foetus.
As the sponsors, we are excited about this event and would like to
express that we share the same emotions & sentiments towards the
worthy cause. And the current interest in the Twenty20 game will be the
ideal platform to build awareness as well as sensitize societal
attitude towards this serious crime,"
Telly Buzz talked to the Man of the Match, Anand Suryavanshi
, about this new format of the game 20-20 and this is what he had to say, “It
is getting popular now, this is the future of cricket, I would say.
This version of the game will attract viewership, because it is fast
Talking about the other forms of cricket, Anand said, “The test matches, one day and 20-20, will coexist, and every format will have its own charm.”
Talking about his allround performance, which earned him the Man of the Match award, Anand said, “It
was great. Most of the players, in my team, and in the other team are
good friends. We have played with each other before and this was more
of a fun-match. It is nice to be part of a noble cause; it feels good
that you have done your part in getting the team to win the match.”
Talking about Boxy Boyz
and their aspirations for the future, Anand said, “This
year, our team has received phenomenal recognition and many more from
the fields of television, music and movies have started playing. There
are many things planned for the future, which I cannot discuss now. I
can say that, the Cricket season is on in full swing now.”