Five-time IPL champions, Mumbai Indians will play a special game as they will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 16, Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The Rohit Sharma-led team will play their ESA day today, which will be witnessed by 19000 underprivileged girls in the stadium. Under their initiative ‘Women in Sports’, Mumbai Indians are dedicating this game to girls, who wish to take up sports professionally. Apart from it, Mumbai Team will wear a special jersey for the game.
Speaking of the jersey, several MI players and coaches said how this initiative will motivate girls in India to pursue sports.
Mumbai Indians’ player, Ishan Kishan, said, “As you know, 19000 girls are coming for the game, and I’m actually proud to be a part of this team so that I can play the match when they all are cheering for us.”
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MI's in-form batter, Tilak Verma also took to social media and shared a picture holding his WPL MI jersey and wrote, " Super happy and excited for my first #ESADay tomorrow! 💙 The team will give it their all to make sure there are 19000 and more happy faces at Wankhede. 👏 "
The record-time IPL winners, Mumbai will don their WPL jersey, as a mark of respect towards women and girls during a special ESA day. The ESA Day, Education and Sports for All, is an initiative by the Reliance Foundation, which is headed by Nita Ambani, who is also the owner of the Mumbai franchise in the popular T20 tournament. This initiative provides quality education and sporting opportunities to children all across the country.
Apart from it, Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indians’ captain in WPL, will also be present during the toss as a part of the initiative.