The Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai, was the venue for the Celebrity Clasico between the All Stars FC and All Hearts FC. All Stars was comprised of Bollywood and television celebrities and led by Ranbir Kapoor while the All Hearts was made largely of cricket stars with Virat Kohli wearing the captain’s arm-band.
While the match ended in a 2-2 draw last year, it was a very different story this time around. None of the players were professional footballers which meant that rolling substitutions were allowed. The Indian cricket team especially could not risk pushing themselves too hard as they play New Zealand in a limited overs series that extends over six matches, three ODIs, and three T20Is.
It is a known fact that MS Dhoni had spent a good part of his childhood playing football before shifting to cricket. We could see flashes of that as he was the man who started the scoring with shot from outside the box that went in with a deflection. He then scored the second which was a genuinely good free kick taken from the right of midfield and nestled in the top corner at the near post.
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) 15 October 2017
— Shinde Ashish (@iammrashish) 15 October 2017
The All Hearts in the first half chiefly because they had no runners down the wings. Even then Ranbir Kapoor clearly was the go-to man for them and he also got a brace. But the All Hearts pulled away when former Chennai Super Kings batsman Anirudha Srikant scored twice too. The All Stars collapsed towards the end as the defenders and attackers were clawing away at the grass with their tired legs.
The sportsmen obviously had the upper hand due to their stamina and took full advantage of the situation. Kedar Jadhav scored their sixth goal off Virat Kohli’s shot that rebounded off the goalkeeper. Kohli himself scored towards the final goal of the day completing the rout. Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was the man barking orders from the touchline for the All Hearts while Abhishek Bachchan was there for the All Stars. The proceedings are going to charity.