Chicago, September 12, 2017:
Cricket may be more than a religion in India but in the USA, Baseball (a modified version of Cricket) has such a firm grip in terms of popularity and commercial roots that Cricket has remained hitherto unknown. However, as people of Indian diaspora are becoming more visible, Cricket naturally follows them.
In the upend area of West Loop of Chicago downtown, Cricket has registered its presence, thanks to some passionate Indian young men. Their efforts led to the formation of Chicago West Loop Cricket Association.
Twelve teams contested in the Super-8 Champions Trophy organized by the Chicago West Loop Cricket Association in the US on August 26 and 27. The participants in the Tournament included people from all walks of life- from students currently enrolled in graduate studies to physicians and people working in the corporate sector.
The organizing team of the Chicago West Loop Cricket Association (CWLCA) comprised of Shreenidhi Bharadwaj, Harsha Hegde, Vivek Sarkar, Hari Nikko. Shree Bharadwaj highlighted that the main objective of the tournament was to bring everybody together and promote the spirit of cricket.
Friendly, yet competitive matches were played between the twelve teams that had an average of over 9 players each. The competition, excitement for the game and the liveliness and spontaneous actions of the players and supporters alike were also noteworthy throughout the tournament.
The teams were divided into four pools,
- Group A (Westloop Tigers, International Khiladis, Hyderabad Blues)
- Group B (Smashers, Chennai Super Kings, Westloop Super Stars)
- Group C (Chicago Lions, UIC, Vanquishers)
- Group D (Hyderabad Nawab, Westloop Minno, Excallibur)
One team from each pool made it to the semi-finals.
After completing all the league matches, the final match was played between the Hyderabad Blues and the Hyderabad Nawabs. Cricket is a sport known for its uncertainty and the game became even more decisive as the game changed in every few seconds in the nail biting finale. The final few moments of the Tournament were breathless and extremely exciting as Pradeep Goud from Hyderabad Blues hit 4 sixes and 1 four in the first five balls of the last over to lead his team to victory. He was also declared the Man of the Match.
Notable recognition from the tournament,
- Man of the Series, Best Batsman and the Best fielder – Nagabhushan Gargeshwari
- Man of the Match (Final) – Janagam Pradeep Goud
- Best Bowler of the series – Gopinathan
- Man of the Season: Dharmender Prabhakar
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