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Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the US

MI captain Nicholas Pooran powers a 55-ball 137 not out to lead the team to their win against Seattle Orcas at Grand Prairie Stadium near Dallas, Texas. The fortnight long six-team league saw some of the finest international cricketers in action, drawing enthusiastic spectators and packed stadiums. Broadcast to 87 countries, the MLC has put the US on the world cricketing map

Published: Aug 2, 2023 04:50:18 PM IST
Updated: Aug 3, 2023 09:56:43 AM IST

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Ron Gaunt/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
MI NY celebrates with the team owner Mrs Nita Ambani after they are crowned champions of Major League Cricket season 1. They beat the Seattle Orcas at the Grand Prairie Stadium, Texas, United States of America, on July 30, 2023. “For us to join hands with MLC and play our role in the growth and development of cricket in this region is fantastic,” Mrs Ambani was quoted as saying.
 
Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
Nicholas Pooran of MI New York celebrates after scoring a century during the championship match of Major League Cricket season 1 between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York on July 30, 2023. Pooran’s power-hitting 137 came off 55 balls, which included as many as 10 fours and 13 sixes.
 
Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
MI New York teammates leap out of their stands to the centrefield as MI NY wrap up the final game against the Seattle Orcas on July 30, 2023. Six teams competed in the championship—Los Angeles Knight Riders, MI New York, San Francisco Unicorns, Seattle Orcas, Texas Super Kings and Washington Freedom.
 
Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Richard Huggard / SPORTZPICS for MLC
Microsoft CEO and Seattle Orcas co-owner, Satya Nadella, bowls the opening delivery in the final between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York on July 30, 2023. "Sport unites people, and it breaks down walls. The US is the sports market of the world. It's fantastic to see cricket come here. I hope we can attract a lot of new fans to the game," the 55-year-old said in a release.
 
Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Richard Huggard / SPORTZPICS for MLC
Dwaine Pretorius of Seattle Orcas smashes one during the MLC final match between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York on July 30, 2023. Pretorius was one of the MLC top performers, with the best batting strike rate.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Richard Huggard / SPORTZPICS for MLC
Trent Boult of MI New York bowls as Heinrich Klassen of Seattle Orcas watches during the championship final of MLC season 1 between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York held at the Grand Prairie Stadium, Grand Prairie, TX, United States of America on July 30, 2023. With 22 wickets at an average of 10.36, Boult was the top wicket-taker of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
A banner by fans proclaims their wish for Sachin Tendulkar in a new role during the MLC championship finals on July 30, 2023.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Ron Gaunt/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
Quinton de Kock of the Seattle Orcas smashed 87 off 52 balls, but that wasn’t enough to see Seattle Orcas through at the MLC finals against MI New York on July 30, 2023.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Richard Huggard / SPORTZPICS for MLC
Nosthush Kenjige of MI New York in action during MLC finals between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York in Dallas on July 30, 2023. Kejinge was one of the top performers in the league, with the best bowling economy rate.
 
Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
Rashid Khan of MI New York poses for photos with fans after the final match of Major League Cricket, US, on July 30, 2023. Khan bowled an exceptional spell in the finals.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Richard Huggard / SPORTZPICS for MLC
Nicholas Pooran and Trent Boult of MI New York display their trophies after the championship match of Major League Cricket season 1 between the Seattle Orcas and MI New York held at the Grand Prairie Stadium, Grand Prairie, TX, United States of America on July 30, 2023.

Mumbai Indians New York: Champions of the first ever Major League Cricket T20 tournament in the USImage: Andy Mead/ SPORTZPICS for MLC
The ‘Gandhi Cap’ is back in fashion among enthusiastic fans during the MLC championship finals at Grand Prairie Stadium, US, on July 30, 2023.

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