Mumbai: IPL franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) on Monday celebrated its decade-long association with the Indian Premier League. Pegged as ‘MI10 Igniting Passion For 10 Years’, the Mumbai Indians’ 10-year celebration saw a number of past and present Mumbai Indians’ cricketers, support staff and management invited by the franchise owners’ Nita and Mukesh Ambani at their residence, to mark the occasion. Nita and Mukesh felicitated cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga for their invaluable contribution to the team, a media release said. MI is the only franchise amongst the IPL founding members, which has three members being part of the club since its inception, with Harbhajan and Malinga forming the core of the team while Tendulkar continuing as the ‘icon’, post his retirement. Hardik: When I bat, Krunal feels the pressure and when he is batting, I am under pressure
As a commemorative to the 10 ‘glorious’ years, Mumbai Indians also released a memorabilia book encapsulating the decade long journey with interesting anecdotes, interviews and comments from all past and present cricketers of MI, it said. Earlier, head coach Mahela Jayawardene has lauded exploits of Nitish Rana and all-rounder Hardik Pandya after they helped Mumbai Indians (MI) edge past Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Wankhede in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Chasing 179, it was Rana and Hardik who struck a 41-run stand that sealed the deal for the home team.
Rana anchored the innings, while Hardik played the aggressor’s role and finished the match for his side with 4 wickets in hand. Jayawardene was pleased with both Rana and Pandya, and complemented them for the manner in which they carried Mumbai through.