Bat for a Cause

Air India organised a friendly T20 cricket match on the airline’s Foundation Day and dedicated it to the memory of an employee who passed away recently

The Air India Housing Colony in New Delhi came alive to the sounds of bats striking balls and lots of cheering on a bright Sunday morning, as the management of the national carrier faced off against stars from the worlds of cricket, shooting, and hockey – who are also Air India employees – in a friendly T20 cricket match. Air India also inaugurated a cricket academy to train young talent.

1. The Air India management (in red) and sports stars (in blue) just before the start of the match

2. Ashwani Lohani (right), chairman and managing director, Air India, displays his cricketing skills

3. When old team members meet! Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh

4. The players and enthusiastic children at the new cricket academy

5. Shooter and Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang whacks the ball

6 & 7. Cricketers Suresh Raina and Jhulan Goswami displaying their bowling skills

8. A moment of levity during the match

9. The CMD and the cricketers inaugurating the cricket academy

10. The CMD felicitated the sportspersons for their achievements. Here, he felicitates ex-cricketer Nikhil Chopra, with ex-hockey player and Olympian Jagbir Singh (left) looking on

11. Air India officials release balloons to inaugurate the academy

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