Videocon d2h Organises ‘d2h Gully League with MI’ in Mumbai to Encourage Young Talent
by EVENTFAQS Bureau Entertainment | May 5, 2017 | News
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Videocon d2h, one of India’s fastest growing DTH service provider and the Principal Sponsor of Mumbai Indians, hosted the d2h Gully league with Mumbai Indians, a gully cricket tournament on May 3 at National Sports Club of India, Worli, Mumbai. Spartans were crowned the Ultimate Champions of the 1st ever d2h Gully League with Mumbai Indians.
Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman, Videocon d2h remarked, “Gully cricket has been responsible for the rise of many promising cricketers. With our association with Mumbai Indians we strive to bring the informal ad hoc variant of the game into the limelight and encourage passionate cricketers. This initiative has helped us build a better connect with the highly charged cricket fans of Mumbai.”
The contest #d2hgullyleaguewithMI was promoted heavily on social media page through Videocon d2h facebook, twitter & instagram pages. Participants had to upload their team selfie along with the team name on any of these pages with the hashtag #d2hgullyleaguewithMI. Of the numerous entries, 16 teams were selected, and were divided into 4 groups, where the winner of each group qualified for the semi-final on May 3. Two Mumbai Indians players joined each of the 4 teams that qualified and played against each other.
“Cricket is an integral part of our culture, it transcends boundaries. We wanted to celebrate and capture this vibrant spirit through the concept of d2h Gully League with MI. This is a part of Videocon d2h’s efforts to encourage latent talent. We are overwhelmed by the response to this initiative,” added Anil Khera, CEO, Videocon d2h.
The Mumbai Indians players who were part of this Gully Cricket were Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma, Nitish Rana, Tim Southie, and Nicholas Pooran. A Mumbai Indians spokesperson said, "d2hGullyleague is an interesting initiative to connect with fans. At one point Gully cricket has played an influential part of every cricketer’s career and it was good to go back to the roots today."
The qualifier matches were played on April 29 and four teams got the opportunity to play with Mumbai Indians Players. The teams that qualified for the semi-finals were Mumbai Blasters, Andheri Boys, Gully Blasters & Spartans.
Videocon d2h has a history of supporting cricket through its long term association with the Mumbai Indians IPL team now in its 5th year. The ‘d2h Gully League with MI’ is an initiative from Videocon d2h to tap into the talent at the grassroots gully level and provide them a platform to perform on the big stage.
The qualifier matches were played on April 29, and the semi-final and finals on May 3, at National Sports Club of India, Worli.