Jiaotong University is well known for its diverse student body. Aside from
academics, it is very common to see students partake in various extracurricular
activities during their free time. One of them being Cricket, which can be seen
played mostly by Indian and Pakistani students weekly around our Campus. As the International Medical Ambassadors
Association(IMAA), we were quite ardent to organize a cricket tournament for
our fellow Jiaoda mates! The Organizers in charge of this event were Imran
Adam, Ryan Richards, Djovensky Gateau, Naqash Nasir, Raissa Cabral, Fawaz al
Smadi, Jeff Ghanem, Husna Hussein, Sarah Nasser, and myself, Jothy Mahindran.
We had a total of 6 teams that registered; 3
teams were from our medical campus and 2 teams from the main campus. With 11 –
13 people per team, and following One Day International rules with 8 overs, the
tournament was set for the 5thand 6thof April. Team
members were pleased to be provided with team jerseys and cricket themed
wristbands. Of the six teams, we have CSK in yellow jersey, Knight Riders in
black, Sultan Zalmi in red, XJTU Cricket Club in dark blue, Vikings in light
blue and Kings 11 Xian in their own attires. Each match was vehement as players
had their heart and soul in batting, protecting their wickets, bowling and
scoring runs. The crowd roared when teams scored a 6, hit the opponents wickets
or caught a ball which kicked out a batsman. Who knew Jiaoda members could be
so passionate in watching cricket? I suppose this event revealed some cricket
of the dreary weather on the 5th morning, organizers were marking
the girls’ dorm field for boundaries and briefing team captains about the rules
and regulations. As the sun came out a little, we were set to begin our first
match – Knight Riders versus XJTU Cricket Club. A total of 6 group matches were
played that day, where each team was given the opportunity to play twice with
different opposing teams. There was definitely tension in the air as the teams
tried their best to score. What an exhilarating event it was! One team which
the crowd believed should be credited was the CSKs who were known for their
fair play in the tournament. Known as a gentlemen sport, but quite capable of
Knight Riders were ecstatic to enter the semi-finals that they kept
shouting in hindi “Chak de pattey!” which translates to “Rock on, Friend!” The
other three teams that also entered the semi-finals were Kings 11 Xian, Sultan
Zalmi and Vikings. Chak de pattey indeed!
The semi-finals and finals were held on the 6th of April.
It wasn’t a shock to all of us that the
two teams that qualified to the Finals were Sultan Zalmi and Vikings as they
played ferociously with their batting and bowling skills to near perfection.
Nearing the end of the tournament, it became a heated game as it was taken as
the match between medical campus (Sultan Zalmi) and main campus (Vikings). No
doubt the watchers were betting on the medical campus team to win! So, which
team did you bet on? Which team was more likely to take the trophy home?
It was none other than our medical campus team, Sultan Zalmi!
Victory was definitely in the air and as we were all in our celebratory mood,
the organizers wrapped up the event with the closing ceremony; the segment of
this event which everyone waited for! The runner up of the tournament was the
Vikings team and each teammate obtained a silver medal. Third place falls for
the team Kings 11 Xian and they each obtained the bronze medal.
As per tradition of the game, we also had prizes for the best
captain, best bowler, best batsan and man of the match for this tournament
which were given to individual players based on their scores noted by the
umpires and score keeper.
After a few clicks of photographs and
handshakes, and as the sun was starting to setting in, that was the end of the
IMAA Cricket Tournament of 2018. We are indeed grateful for the participants
and viewers to take part in this event; it wouldn’t have been astounding if it
wasn’t for them. Our hopes as IMAA is to make the cricket tournament an annual
event, since it gave us the insight on what most Jiaoda members are really
passionate about. We are super stoked to see you all next year!