Nita Ambani – Co-owner, Mumbai Indians

Indian Premier League is back and so is Nita Ambani. To be one of the most influential business women in the nation and have a passion for the game of cricket is a boon and especially for someone of the stature of Nita Ambani. She has taken Reliance’s social responsibility to the next level and engaged wholeheartedly with the game that India eats, lives and breathes.

Nita Ambani who plays the role of the co-owner of the IPL team Mumbai Indians sure knows how to balance work and play. She is the proud chairman of Dhirubhai Ambani International School and heads many other educational campaigns. Nita Ambani’s fervour for cricket seems to be ever increasing with Mumbai Indians having raked in all the top rank players from the country and looking all set to win the accolades. Nita Ambani, co-owner of the Mumbai Indians spearheaded the strategy for making the smartest bid for the most sought after cricketer Kieron Pollard in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the quest to bid for Kieron Pollard, three teams had lined up for the auction- Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders apart from Mumbai Indians. However, Nita Ambani’s bid prevailed during the auction.

In 2008, Nita Ambani led Mumbai Indians’ successful bid for 7 players including Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Sanath Jaisurya while during the 2009 player auction; Mumbai Indians bid South African Player Jean Paul Duminy for a whopping $950,000. This year, Nita Ambani signed up for Kieron Pollard. The bidding which began at a bare price of $200,000 soon took a boost when Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders began battling it out to win over the player. With every bid resulting in all four teams getting into a tie, the IPL chief Lalit Modi called for a tie breaker rule where in all the teams were supposed to quote a price in silent and the team quoting the highest amount would win the claims over Kieron Pollard. Luck clearly rode Nita Ambani’s way as she called out the highest bid.

The team is captained by batsman Sachin Tendulkar. With such star studded line-up, Nita Ambani is one super confident woman who has her eyes set at the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Speaking about her new achievement for Mumbai Indians, Nita Ambani said that she feels elated at the newest acquisition of team Mumbai Indians. She added that the team’s strategy as discussed between Robin Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and TA Sekar was to have a batting all rounder in the team which they got in Kieron Pollard.

Remembering her Indian Premier League journey, Nita Ambani once said in an interview about how the passion for cricket has bowled her over. Apparently before IPL, her knowledge of cricket was very elementary and was restricted to a few big names in the cricket world. It was only after she took over the management of Mumbai Indians that she started taking an avid interest in the game. Nita Ambani is said to be the lucky mascot for the team Mumbai Indians, she accompanies the team in every match. The lady is all geared up for the upcoming IPL series with a team packed with cricket sensations from around the world.

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