Let’s have a mixed cricket team, like in tennis: Akshay
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar attended the Women’s Cricket World Cup final at Lord’s cricket ground, London, on July 23. Although our women in blue couldn’t lift the cup, they won everyone’s heart back home in India. This has given Akshay an idea: how about Indian men and women cricketers coming together to form one team?
“Like there are mixed doubles in tennis, why can’t there be a men and women cricket match against another country? Why can’t they have mixed cricket teams where six Indian men and six Indian women play against Australia’s six men and six women? If this kind of a set-up happens, it will be the biggest set-up ever,” says Akshay, who was struck by the idea while watching a Wimbledon match on his phone.
The actor not only rooted for the Indian women’s team but also met them after the match. “I was talking to the girls and one of them said that it would be so much fun if Virat Kohli ran from one side and a lady was on the other side [of the batting pitch],” he says.
They have arrived. I watched them play and it was revolutionary. I told them that they had reasons to be sad but no reason to give up AKSHAY KUMAR, ACTOR