ALL INDIA P C BATTA MEMORIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT

Saturday 22nd April 2017

ALL INDIA P C BATTA MEMORIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT

The 1st All India P.C Batta Memorial Cricket Tournament was a maiden initiative in popularizing the game of cricket among the student community throughout the country. Needless to say, it exceeded the expectations of all and sundry in spite of being the first of its kind. With the onset of the month of April, one could sense how the student community waited with bated breath for the second edition to commence. The agonizing wait ended on 22nd April 2017 with the opening of the 2nd All India P.C Batta Memorial Cricket Tournament.
This prestigious tournament is a manifestation of the long cherished dream of the Kasiga School Chairman, Mr. Ramesh Batta, who has dedicated the tournament to his late father Shri Prakash Chand Batta. Mr.Batta himself is a great sport enthusiast and has spent his life to promote and nurture the sport at every level. He has been a top class cricketer himself with 45 years of experience in the field. In the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Batta spoke of his undying love for the game and how he managed to turn a rocky, undulated surface into one of the most sought after cricket grounds of the country. He also spoke of various Indian cricketers who have complimented him for producing the ‘best turf’ of the country. In her welcome address, The Head of School Dr. Neeta Bali spoke about how she felt touched by the debonair gesture of Mr. Batta who had invited his aunt, Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Batta to grace the occasion. She reiterated the fact that this novel initiative was exclusively the brainchild of Mr. Ramesh Batta. The other dignitaries who were present were Mr.Bharat Bhushan Batta, his granddaughter Riddhima Batta, Mr. Siddharth Batta and Mrs.Chandni Batta and Mr. Javed Butt, General Secretary Uttarakhand Twenty Twenty Cricket Association. 
Mr.Batta spoke of his vision which was nothing but to provide an enviable platform to students all around the country to showcase their talent. He emphasized that it was not “winning or losing, but the spirit with which the game is played” that matters more than anything else.
This grand competition features 14 teams from the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Haryana who will be competing for the coveted title of being the champions of this prestigious tournament.
After the opening ceremony, the participating teams were acknowledged and heartily welcomed. The first match was a face-off between Woodstock School and Kasiga School. Woodstock won the toss and elected to bat. Despite losing the toss, Kasiga started well, conceding only 1 run in the first over. Although Woodstock managed to pick up momentum in the second over, Kasiga came back strongly soon afterwards. They managed to make a steady start, notching up a score of 87 at the loss of two wickets by the end of the 13th over, thanks to a gritty half century by their opener Vashesht Agarwal. However, an inspired bowling performance by the Kasiga students ensured that the score remained a paltry 122. Kasiga openers Nihal Singh (19) and Siddharth Shakya(27)started explosively, taking the bowlers apart, scoring 34 without any loss in the first 3 overs. However they lost their way in the middle with 3 wickets falling in quick succession. Harry Vasa struck a quickfire 21 accompanied by Archit Chaturvedi who scored 24 to ensure that there were no more hiccups. They achieved the target with almost 3 overs to spare. Rishabh Rajgadia was ajudged the Man of the Match.
An encouraging start to the tournament, one has to say.