Okay, so it wasn’t the national side, nevertheless a cricket team from the University of East London - in India on a goodwill mission, to encourage prospective Indian students to come to the UK to study - were triumphant when they decisively beat local team PJ Hindu Gymkhana by 48 runs. The team had earlier in the week suffered defeat at the hands of Bombay Gymkhana.
Captain Ali Wood, said: "I am really proud of the team's effort, considering the hot and humid weather. I must mention that the attitude of all the team has been nothing short of fantastic both on and off the pitch."
The team have used their time in India to support local initiatives, encouraging disadvantaged youngsters to address issues of poverty and inequality through sport, visiting Sathaye and St.Xaviers College, as well as working with schools and outreach projects such as Big Shot Cricket and playing impromptu games of cricket within the local community.
Enjoying a Bharatnatyam Dance performance, they also took part in lively debates with the Mumbai Rotary Versova Club, discussing topics around education and sport. The debate, which was moderated by respected film producer Deepak Gattani, was declared a tie.
Yogesh Kedia, Director of Youth Services at the Club said: "Our partnership with UEL demonstrates how global alliances and values can be mutually built upon through the wonderful game of cricket."
The UEL team concluded their tour by attending an IPL game at the invitation of Subrata Roy Sahara; the Indian businessman has signed an agreement to develop an 'International India Centre' at the University's Docklands campus.
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