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Television Warriors led by Sharad Kelkar beat the Television Tigers captained by Varun Badola by 4 wickets...

Monday, November 10, 2008 | 10:37:41 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: india-forums.com  |  Comments 10 Comments  |  6355 Views


It seems TV actors have found a new way to pass time during the days of strike, i.e. to play cricket and that too for a cause. Hence many of them turned up on November 8th at the Andheri Sports Complex for ITA( Indian Televsion Academy) 20/20 charity cricket match for Beti, the girl child. In fact this is the 3rd match organized by ITA for a social cause.

The actors were divided into teams i.e. Television Warriors ( Blue ) and Television Tigers(Yellow) with Sharad Kelkar and Varun Badola leading their teams respectively. 

The other prominent players in Blue jerseys were  Shaan, Karan Mehra">Karan Mehra, Karan Wahi, Rajeev Thakur, Siddharth Shukla and Jay Bhanushali, while the Yellow squad included Mohit Malik, Sachin Sharma, Gaurav Chopra">Gaurav Chopra and Manoje Bidwai among others.

The Warriors won the match quite easily chasing the required 150 in just 18.3 overs. Earlier the  Tigers managed to post  150/9  in their stipulated 20 overs. 

Varun blamed the defeat on the unfair composition of the teams. “We did not have a balanced side while the opposition had many all-rounders. But even then we did put up a decent score”, says he. Sachin Sharma who got run out blamed it on a misunderstanding with his skipper. “We didn't have a chat before the match which led to this communication gap. Even though I dived to get back to the crease I felt short and was run out”, quips Sachin.

The star, though in the winning team was Man of the Match, Rajeev Thakur who made an unbeaten 39 in just 26 deliveries. He was ably helped by Karan Mehra">Karan Mehra who also added 36 runs with one big hit to the fence.  Karan felt “that the target was always quite achievable, but we did mess it up a bit by losing 6 wickets”.

The Tiger innings had began quite badly, as they lost 4 wickets quickly before the captain Varun Badola and Manoje steadied the innings. Varun chipped in with 39 valuable runs while Manoj top scored with 46 with one 6.

In a bid to spice up the day, Shaan,and Sachin Sharma  also doubled as commentators and were miming actors.

In an age of gender equality, if boys can play so well, why should the girls stay away, right? In keeping with this spirit, a 2 overs girl's match was also played between television Glam Dolls(Yellow) and Youngistan(Blue). Some of the well known faces in the Yellow team were Barkha Bisht, Bharkha Madan and Amrita Prakash. The Blue bridge consisted of Jasveer Kaur, Rinku Ghosh, Anu Ranjan and Priya Wall. 

The former could only make 15 runs which the latter easily achieved.

Rinku Ghosh who was the wicket keeper of Blue team says, “It was interesting, especially given that I don't know the "K" of cricket. But even then, I affected a wicket”, she says proudly. 

Priya Wall says, “It was quite funny, for the girls were bowling quite badly with the ball taking 4/5 bounces before reaching the bat. However Varun says it's okay for “If we take our cricket seriously, it does mean that others should also”.

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  • Posted on: 05 September 2013 at 10:01amSidkiDiwani

    Siddharth Shukla is so damn cute

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 12:57pmradhika_21

    i really would like 2 watch that but is it airing?

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 11:33am-Preeti-

    sounds great

    would love to see priya

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 9:45amPrincezz8

    Cant wait to see Priya Wal and Mohit Malik & ofcourse Jay Bhunsali!

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 9:19amxarmaanloverx

    HAHA!!! That was good :)
    TFS x

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 8:08amRachna_06

    i wanna watch it...will it come on any particular channel???

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 5:54am*Shruti*

    Priya''s team won gr8. Congrats to them!!

  • Posted on: 10 November 2008 at 12:53amOsprisshow

    ooo,...sid was also their!!!!!!!!!>..cool...
    happy his team won!!

  • Posted on: 09 November 2008 at 11:02pmumi82990

    awesome!

    will they air this match on tv

  • Posted on: 09 November 2008 at 10:44pmFollowYourHeart

    Priya Rocks and Rulzzzz

    am choo happy to see her always doing something or the other and her endeavour is always always for a cause ot bring about a chnage Man she is an Inspiration..kudos to all others who participated too..its not about iwnning or loosing its about being there and supporting the cause...but am choo happyyyyyyy ki Priya was not part of the glam dolls...=))..the name itself doesn''t deserves the dignity and grace of Priya Wal..she is and always be the youth icon who had the power to change lives with just one glimpse of her face which somehow always warms your heart...i loveeee her choo muuuuuuuuch..thankoo for the article

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