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IPL auction 2018: Juhi Chawla’s daughter Jhanvi, Ambani’s son Akash grab eyeballs

Juhi Chawla’s daughter and Nita Ambani’s son were part of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians’ table at the IPL auction 2018

cricket Updated: Jan 28, 2018 16:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Jhanvi (right), daughter of Juhi Chawla, and Akash, son of Nita Ambani grabbed a lot of attention in the IPL auction 2018 in Bangalore on January 27 and 28, 2018.(BCCI)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the preserve of the rich, but their kids don’t restrict themselves to playing on the VIP gallery on match days. Gayatri Reddy, daughter of Deccan Chronicle chairman, T Venkatram Reddy, rubbed shoulders with celebrities at the IPL auction in Bangalore as the face of Deccan Chargers. She has been missing since Chargers were terminated in 2012. (IPL AUCTION 2018 - LIVE UPDATES)

Akash (extreme left) and Nita Ambani during the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore. ( BCCI )

But Mumbai Indians table has the owners’ son Akash Ambani, who is seated with mother Nita and is the focus every time the Reliance-owned champions bid for a player, raising the paddle.

Nearby, 17-year-old Jhanvi raises the paddle in the Kolkata Knight Riders table. The daughter of actor Juhi Chawla and producer Jay Mehta, who are the co-owners of KKR with Shah Rukh Khan. Jhanvi often leans in to catch the strategy talk by franchise officials before raising the paddle.

Jay Mehta, husband of Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla, alonside daughter Jhanvi during the IPL auction 2018 in Bangalore. ( BCCI )

The presence of the youngsters is a welcome change to the grim faces of retired cricket stalwarts and team owners constantly looking to give away as little as possible to get the players who can give them the most.

As India gallops in the direction of franchise league, the intense IPL auction table battles may not just be bringing business acumen to sport. These youngsters can take a leaf out of the bidding battles into the real world as well.

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 16:05 IST