And the derby continues. Celebrity Classico 2017 ended in the favour of Virat Kohli's All Hearts Football Club with a 7-3 drubbing of the All Stars Football Club headed by Abhishek Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor. The match that was held in Mumbai's Andheri Sports Complex was attended by a 10,000 strong crowd despite the evening thundershowers that kept most others away.
Now the cricketers and Bollywood have been a friendly lot for the longest period of time. After all, when it comes to the national pastime, it hardly goes beyond the two. So it was only a matter of time that someone would think of getting the two together on a level playing field for charity. Bunty Walia did just that with the Celebrity Classico. However, it’s hardly a fair battle considering the Indian cricket team is currently the best in the world. Physically fit and experienced when it comes to soaking in the match pressure. The boys from Bollywood, on the other hand, may have the looks but looks don’t score goals.
The past matches between the two, however, have been close affairs. The first match in Delhi ended in a 3-2 in favour of the Indian Cricket team. It was followed up by a 2-2 draw in Mumbai. The third match, however, was a no contest by the time the referee blew the final whistle. 7-3 is a huge margin and both Ranbir and Abhishek aren’t too happy about the result.
According to a source, “The two have been preparing the team for the game for months now but it has been difficult to get all stars practice together considering their busy schedule. For example, Siddarth Malhotra had been shooting in Prague for his next and had flown down only for the game. He was clearly jet-lagged, a reason why Abhishek didn’t risk him for the full ninety minutes.”
The stars lost key players Aditya Roy Kapoor and celebrity trainer Antoni Pecora to injuries last week and that could only be good news for Virat Kohli’s All Hearts who have been in training for a month now. The fact that they were being coached by Indian team captain Sunil Chettri also worked in the favour of the cricketers. It was heartening to see the beaters listen intently to his every instruction.
There’s no doubt that the Classico is now turning out to be a keenly fought contest between the two sides. The charity, however, is not forgotten. All proceeds from the game went to Akshay Kumar’s NGO that provides free self-defense classes to women in Maharashtra.
Virat’s team was the better side by a mile this time. We’re now keenly waiting for game four.