Nita Ambani hands over honour badge to youngest MI member after win against RCB

Nita Ambani hands over honour badge to youngest MI member after win against RCB

MI produced a team effort against the RCB both in the batting and bowling departments to register their first win.

Rasikh Salam
Rasikh Salam. (Photo Source: IANS)

Mumbai Indians (MI) are one of the franchises that is well-known for its corporatisation of cricket. As an employer, it keeps good care of its employees (players) and after every game, it ensures that its players are motivated. After the first match against Delhi Capitals (DC) that the MI lost by 37 runs, team owner Nita Ambani conferred badges of honour to two members of the team who excelled in that game – Yuvraj Singh with the bat and Mitchell McClenaghan with the ball.

The MI were quick to return to the winning ways as they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a close match by just six runs at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Bengaluru on Thursday. Although the match was controversial as one of the umpires failed to notice that MI bowler Lasith Malinga had bowled a big no-ball by overstepping, yet there was no denying that the MI played as a better side, especially in death-over bowling.

Nita Ambani was back for the MI’s dressing room tradition but this time she did not choose a single man of the match. “It’s a great team effort and that’s why we don’t have a single man of the match because man of the match belongs to each and every one of you – all of you who played and all of you who watched,” she said in a video which was shared by the MI on their Twitter account.

Mrs Ambani then said on behalf of the whole team, the badge will be handed over to the youngest member of the squad and the cricketers present on the occasion suggested the name of 17-year-old medium fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir Rashikh Salam, who made his debut in the IPL this season.

Nita Ambani then asked Rasikh to speak a word or two after handing over the badge and the rookie only said: “Congratulations!” leaving the entire squad in splits. Then the entire squad then chanted “Mumbai Indians!” with the owner.

Here is the video:

MI produced a team effort against the RCB both in the batting and bowling departments. While Hardik Pandya (32 not out of 14 balls) gave their innings a much-needed push towards the end, in the bowling, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah (3 for 20) put them under check at crucial moments.

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