After the successful 1st edition of Celebrity Clasico last year, Virat Kohli and Abhishek Bachchan have once again joined hands for a special match between Bollywood stars and Indian cricketers. The Celebrity Clasico 2017 was held on Sunday evening at Mumbai Football Arena, Andheri Sports Complex. This charity match saw a number of celebrities fighting against each other which drew a huge amount of people. The match was organised by Virat Kohli’s ‘The Virat Kohli Foundation’ and Abhishek Bachchan’s ‘Playing for Humanity’.
Virat Kohli’s team included some top Indian cricketers like MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul along with the tennis star Rohan Bopanna while Ranbir Kapoor’s team had stars like Sidharth Malhotra, Leander Paes, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shoojit Sircar, Arjun Kapoor and Dino Morea.
The details of the match:
In the battle between hearts and stars, the hearts won all hearts with their terrific performance on the field. Virat Kohli’s team (All Hearts FC) emerged winners against Ranbir’s All Stars FC in the Mumbai thriller experienced yesterday. It was a wonderful sight watching Virat Kohli and the other Indian team members trying their hands on a different sport.
On Sunday, the 35-year-old Dhoni scored from a direct free-kick in the 2017 Celebrity Clasico match for All Hearts FC. Dhoni opened the scoring for All Hearts FC in the 7th minute from long-range, though the ball did take a deflection before finding the back of the net. In the 39th minute of the match, MSD took on the responsibility of taking a direct-free-kick, which wasn’t anywhere near the 15-yard penalty box and converted it superbly. It was a treat for everyone to see the wonderful captain in such wonderful form with the ball at his feet yesterday. It is a known fact that MS Dhoni had spent a good part of his childhood playing football before shifting to cricket, glimpses of which was visible in yesterday’s encounter.
In the last year’s game, both celebrities and sports stars ended with the same figure (2-2), but this year, the sports stars outplayed the Bollywood gang by a huge margin (7-3). Both the teams were challenging enough and kept us all entertained till the very end. The 2017 edition of the celebrity clasico football match is an initiative by cornerstone sport and GS Worldwide Entertainment. The funds generated through this match will be utilized for the charitable initiatives of both the Virat Kohli Foundation and Playing For Humanity.