India Cements Ltd, who owns the Chennai Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, has roped in popular Tamil actor Vijay as its star ambassador. The actor would be at the forefront of some of the promotions that are being worked out in different parts of Tamil Nadu. India Cements Ltd, which has christened its team ‘Chennai Super Kings’, unveiled its team’s logo the ‘Roaring Lion’ recently. Former opener Krishnamachari Srikant is the team’s brand ambassador.
With actor Vijay on board, India Cements Ltd will kickstart a series of innovative and fun-filled events and promotions shortly. V B Chandrasekhar, player coordinator, said, “We have a perfect mix of dashers, entertainers and young talent to take on any team in the forthcoming IPL championship. Each of our selections have been undertaken to fulfill an aim. We have ensured that the best of young talent in Tamil Nadu forms a part of the team and, more importantly, get to play alongside and interact with the galaxy of international stars that make up Chennai Super Kings.”
“I have already created an agenda for each player, which will be shared with Kepler Wessels with the objective of offering the best possible advice in shaping our players’ careers. We are happy with the players on board and in the Twenty20 format of the cricket fitness will make the difference,” he further said.
The lead role for the Chennai Super Kings would be played by India’s youth icon and current Indian ODI captain MS Dhoni, who has made India proud champions with victories in the World Cup Twenty20 and the recent triangular series in Australia. The team has some terrific performers in Mathew Hayden and Mike Hussey from Australia, Stephen Fleming and Jacob Oram from New Zealand, Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel from South Africa, Muthaiah Muralitharan from Sri Lanka, and Suresh Raina and Joginder Sharma from India.
A host of other young talent from Tamil Nadu like S Badrinath, R Ashwin, Abhinav Mukund, Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan, Amarnath and Einstein are waiting in the wings to brush shoulders with their heroes.
It may be recalled that Shah Rukh Khan had recently unveiled his IPL team of Kolkata Knight Riders amid much fanfare.