Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday pledged his support to Kabaddi and said he was amazed to see the agility and speed of the players on the inaugural day of the Kabaddi league.
Tendulkar was invited by Jaipur franchise owner and Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and came with his wife Anjali and daughter Sara on the first day of Pro Kabaddi.
"I am here to support the sport. Couple of days ago, Abhishek called me and said we are having this Kabaddi league match and this is the first game and why don't you come here, so I am here. This is just incredible to see the agility there, the speed, the awareness, it is extremely important and I have played this sport in school. It has been fantastic to come back again and support the sport," Tendulkar said.
The entire Bachchan family was present along with Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan.
"It is very exciting to watch the game. I used to play in my childhood and I am seeing it after a long time and enjoying it. It is an amazing game and it is totally Indian," Aamir said.
Mumbai overwhelm Jaipur in Pro Kabaddi opener
Hosts U Mumbai outclassed Jaipur Pink Panthers, owned by Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan 45-31 to kick off their campaign on a rousing note in the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League at the NSCI Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday.
Led from the front by captain and international Anup Kumar, the Mumbai franchise were too strong for their rivals and carved out a runaway victory after leading by a handy margin of 25-12 at half time.
Watched by the entire Bachchan family, including superstar Amitabh, besides cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar Jaipur could not match the speed and agility shown by the Mumbai team and went down rather tamely.
Anup Kumar led the U Mumbai raids by logging 14 points while his teammate Shabeer Bapu came up with 7 points.
For the losers, Maninder Singh (11) and Jasveer Singh (5) led the scorers list.
U Mumbai gained four lona points by packing off the entire opposition through raids and defence while Jaipur gained two lona points and fought back well in the second half but by which time their opponents had gained a substantial lead.
U Mumbai secured 34 points through dismissing their rival players out of the arena while Jaipur had 26. The winners gained five bonus points as compared to the losers' 3 and U Mumbai also secured through supercatch, a new experimental rule introduced in this league to reward defenders.