Men of Platinum’s ‘Direct Hit’ Lights Up IPL 2024

(01 April 2024) The Indian Premier League (IPL), akin to a global cricket extravaganza, captivates fans worldwide with its high-octane matches and star-studded lineups.

This season, PGI India’s Men of Platinum, in partnership with ESPNcricinfo, is set to enrich the fan experience by reintroducing the popular ‘Direct Hit’ content IP. Building on the success of its debut at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ‘Direct Hit’ aims to make the IPL 2024 season more engaging. Hosted by Raunak Kapoor and Yash Jha, featuring cricket experts like Irfan Pathan, Ravi Shastri, Tom Moody, Wasim Jaffer, Harbhajan Singh, Sanjay Manjrekar, Aaron Finch, Mitch Mclenaghan and Matthew Hayden, the content series focuses on calling out the ‘Man of Platinum’ at key matches. It’s a title that highlights players demonstrating standout courage, resilience, self-belief, perseverance, all qualities as rare as platinum. This season the brand takes this initiative a step further by offering fans a chance to win tickets to see their favourite IPL teams live in action.

In order to participate, all cricket enthusiasts are encouraged to predict who will win the ‘Man of Platinum’ title before select matches via the brand’s social media handles. The right predictions could lead to winning match tickets. Hosted on ESPNcricinfo across 22 select matches and promoted via ESPN and Men of Platinum handles, ‘Direct Hit’ challenges fans to leverage their cricket acumen for a chance to see the action live.

Speaking on this content marketing initiative, Sujala Martis, Consumer Marketing Director, Platinum Guild International (PGI) – India said, “We are excited to announce our continued partnership with ESPNcricinfo for the launch of the second edition of our content IP ‘Direct Hit’ during IPL 2024. This initiative reflects our brand’s stance on the significance of character and values, amidst the fast-paced, competitive nature of the game. Every game, tests not just the players’ skills but their character, echoing our ethos. We’re not just celebrating the ‘Man of Platinum’ in each match; we’re honouring the spirit of sportsmanship that defines the game and inviting the fans to be a part of this narrative.”

Shekhar Banerjee, Chief Client officer and Office Head, West, North and East, Wavemaker India said, “Through the ‘Direct Hit’ series jointly delivered with ESPNcricinfo, we show our dedication to working on innovative and engaging content. Although being cricket fans ourselves, we’re so glad to be a part of such an exciting partnership that apart from getting the spectators closer to the action, makes them take part actively as well. Such partnership is a demonstration of our commitment to creating immersive experiences for our audiences and drive meaningful connections in the world of sports partnerships”.

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