Sachin Tendulkar – also called the Master Blaster, Little Master, Tendlya and God of Cricket, retired from test cricket, ending an illustrious 24 year journey on November 16, 2013. The legend scored a monumental 15837 runs in 198 Tests at an average of 53.86 and 18426 runs from 463 ODI appearances and is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries. As a bowler, he has taken 154 wickets in ODIs and 254 catches as a fielder. As a tribute to Sachin Tendulkar, Sportzzz Comm organised a week-long celebration of cricket through an inter-class cricket tournament. Sportzzz Comm promoted the event through a video paying tribute to the Master Blaster. Click on the image below to view the video.
In the eliminator matches, Vulcans defeated Bullheads, Kshtriyas defeated Coyotes, Blitzkrieg defeated Hawkz. The first quarterfinal was played between Sapients and Kryptonites where the latter was bowled out for 51 runs while replying to Sapients’103 runs. The third quarterfinal between Trailblazers and Kshatriyas showcased a fantastic game of cricket. Batting first, Trailblazers were not allowed to free their arms due to some disciplined bowling by Gurpreet Singh and Yogesh Jain. Rahul Mertia of Trailblazers played a crucial knock of 25 runs to put Trailblazers to a total of 61 runs in 10 overs.Chasing a target of 62 runs, Kshatriyas started well but the team had bow down to disciplined bowling from Areeb Hasan and Ayush Narain. The fourth quarterfinal was played between Blitzkrieg and Invincibles. Despite a poor start, Invincibles were able to post 63 runs owing to some sensible batting from Harsh, Nishant and Shivan. Blitzkrieg started on a strong note scoring 12 runs off the very first over and continued their form to win the match with 4 balls to spare.
The first semi-final was played between Sapients and Trailblazers. Individual contributions from Anubhav (48 runs) and Mayank helped Sapients to post a score of 76 runs. In reply, Areeb (49 runs) and Sanjay put on a strong fight and led their team to victory. In the second semi-final between Vulcans and Blitzkrieg, Vulcans led from the very start with a solid partnership 55 runs for the first wicket. Despite the efforts of Blitzkrieg, Vulcans posted a massive 96 runs in 10 overs. Blitzkrieg started on a shaky note and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The lone warrior of the team – Ajay Hazare attacked the opposition, but, in the end, Vulcans had the last laugh as Blitzkrieg were bowled out for 69 runs.
The final match was played between Vulcans and Trailblazers. The environment for the match was set by an enthusiastic crowd and live commentary from Vinay Mantri, Abhishek Bordia and Atul. Batting first, Trailblazers struggled on account of good wicket-keeping by Vivek and bowling attack from Harendra, Adesh and Yatharth. Trailblazers managed to post 64 runs in the stipulated 12 overs owing to some disciplined batting by Areeb and Rahul. In reply, Vulcans had a shaky start and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Thus, the Trailblazers blazed their way to victory with some excellent bowling by Areeb and Sagar.
(Content Courtesy: Sportzzz Comm, Media Committee – Jijo George ; Photo and Video Courtesy: Sportzzz Comm)