Jaipur, May 18 (IANS) After four days of exciting matches, Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019 National Finals came to an end. DAV College Chandigarh beat Hindustan College Chennai in a low scoring final to emerge the India Champions of the T20 tournament.
The tournament had commenced with the city qualifiers in February. DAV College Chandigarh will be representing India in the world finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket later this year.
Two regional finals were held in each zone and the winners of each regional final competed at the Red Bull Campus Cricket India final that was held in Jaipur from May 13 to 17. It commenced with 8 college teams from across the four different zones in the qualifier round.
Red Bull athlete and number one ranked ODI batswoman Smriti Mandhana, Head Coach Paddy Upton, Batting Coach Amol Muzumdar, Bowling Coach Sairaj Bahutale and young talented batsman Riyan Parag from Rajasthan Royals were present at the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket on May 17. They were accompanied by cricket commentator Suhail Chandhok, who also hosted the press conference.
Rajasthan Royals scouts were present at the National finals and kept a keen eye on a few selected players. These players will now get an opportunity to be a part of the trials conducted by the team along with the possibility of getting picked up in the next IPL auctions.
The league rounds of Red Bull Campus Cricket National finals took place at Jaipuria Cricket Academy and KL Saini Ground from May 13 to May 15.
Red Bull Athlete Smriti Mandhana said, “I am so excited to be here. Red Bull Campus Cricket (RBCC) is one such tournament that has given us players like KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Niroshan Dickwella amongst others. We are sure to find many more in this tournament and for the years to come. I wish all the participating teams good luck!”
Paddy Upton, Head Coach Rajasthan Royals commented, “This association is an apt way to discover raw talents while testing them in different matches at the national level and finally pitching them into international games to polish these talented individuals and bring the best out of them. I am happy to be here and look forward to the matches.”
Riyan Parag, Rajasthan Royals batsman said, “In India, the love and passion for cricket is incomparable to any other sport and I am happy that Red Bull is taking such initiatives and giving the much needed wings to the dreams of young cricketers. I feel privileged to be here and have got a chance to experience it. Look forward to witnessing an exciting match.”
Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman- Rajasthan Royals said, “We are extremely delighted to be associated with Red Bull Campus Cricket. Initiatives like this are very key for development of cricket at the grassroots level. Very glad that a brand like Red Bull shares the same vision like ours to identify talent and give them a platform. We congratulate all participants and wish them well for their future.”
DAV College Chandigarh reached the finals by beating Alfala University Delhi whereas Hindustan College Chennai
beat MMCC Pune to get through to the finals.