First College Premiere League held at Jain University

JU News Desk
Published: January 2012

Jain Univeristy Organises College Premiere League

The University played host to talented young cricketers from all over India during the first edition of CPL

College Premiere League

The University played host to talented young cricketers from all over India during the first edition of CPL. Jain University took another initiative for promoting sports by introducing the first College Premiere League Twenty20 Tournament. Organized by Centre for Management Studies, Jain University, the eight day long tournament was organized in association with the Karnataka State Cricket Association. The tournament was launched by Sadanand Vishwanath, former Indian wicket keeper. Also present on the occasion were Prof. Dinesh Nilkant, Director CMS and Mr. Srinivas Murthy, Technical Adviser for KSCA. The dignitaries present reflected that it was a great opportunity for the students to hone their skills.

The tournament brought over 24 teams from some of the best institutions all over India. The teams slugged it out in the knock out matches with Loyola College, Chennai and Vijaya College making it to the finals. Loyola College finally emerged as the overall champion of the tournament.

Winning the toss, Loyola College decided to bat. In fact batting side gave an edge to Loyola’s team as they scored a brilliant 193 for 3 in 20 overs giving their opponents quite a formidable challenge. The winning team soared with a 70 scored off 50 balls by Ashwin. Eight boundaries and six sixes His opening partnership with Madan Mohan lasted for 89 runs when the latter finally succumbed to a run out. In answer to the challenge Vijaya College scored 167 for 4 in 20 overs. It was literally a struggle for the chasing team as the defenders kept a tight leash on the flow of runs throughout the match.

When Test Cricket was in vogue, few would have thought that cricket matches will reach a stage where both teams put together will not play for more than 40 overs. The cricket enthusiasts till a few decades considered the five day test matches to be the real representatives of English cricket, often discounting even the 50 overs matches. However, times have changed so have the ways in which sports is viewed. One dayers became extremely popular due to fast results and an entirely different kind of game play. However, 20-20 provided entirely different perspective to the scheme of things. It is a fast paced game providing opportunities very different from the test matches and one dayers. The first very highly competitive and much enjoyed chapter of CPL undoubtedly serves a chance for young talent to try their skills at an early stage. As remarked Mr. Vishwanath at the inaugural ceremony, “I am proud to be associated with CPL. This is the most innovative platform for students to showcase their potential and will definitely entertain sports enthusiasts.”