All Balls! Actress Vidya Balan has a Sporting Encounter in Melbourne

Ranjit Rodricks , 14 May 2012
Vidya Balan with the mascot at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia
Vidya Balan with the mascot at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia

Actress Vidya Balan was in Melbourne a few days ago as the Brand Ambassador for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. And apart from having that honour of being the Brand Ambassador, Balan was also given the prestigious honour of handing the Match Ball to the umpire at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Vidya Balan with the Match Ball at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Vidya Balan with the Match Ball at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

The most interesting part about this event is that not only was Vidya the first Indian to present the Match Ball but also the first woman and first non – former player to have this honour.

Wearing a red saree (no doubt by her favourite designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee), Vidya charmed the Australian crowds as she lifted the Match Ball to a thunderous applause before handing it to the umpire to signal the start of the match between Melbourne’s Richmond Club and Sydney Swans.

Vidya was presented a jersey
Vidya was presented a jersey

The Dirty Picture actress was also presented with a jersey bearing her name and the number seventeen!

Let’s hope she wears it next time on the sports field, instead of a saree!

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