by Lewis Williams
…and we’re even prouder that our very own Rajiv Chandrasekar, Technical Support Manager at CLX Communications, was nominated as the team captain!
Held at the newly-renovated INSPORTZ Club in Dubai, UAE from the 16th to the 23rd September 2017, the competition brought together around 400 of the finest indoor cricket players in the world, representing the typical powerhouses of the sport, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and India. Despite playing second-fiddle to its outdoor counterpart in terms of popularity and accessibility, this year’s tournament managed to attract a high-profile name in Jesse Ryder, a former New Zealand international cricketer.
Need we say more; this year’s tournament was billed as the most anticipated yet, and it certainly didn’t disappoint viewers!
Under his captaincy, Rajiv steered Singapore to victory against Malaysia before pushing England close in the minor semi-finals! All eyes in the cricketing world may be on the upcoming Ashes series, but English hearts were in their mouths when Singapore took the game down to the final ball! After a swash-buckling and top scoring cameo of 23 from Singapore’s Mustafa Kathawala, the unfancied team from the Asian sovereign city-state very nearly qualified for the Plate final! But it wasn’t to be, as the last wicket fell courtesy of a run out on the final delivery. Final result: England 98(2) – 91(2) Singapore. Our opponents went on to defeat India in the Plate final; well played England!
We’re all outrageously proud of Rajiv and the whole team for competing so admirably in the competition. As an associate member of the WICF, Singapore were not expected to make waves against the full members, but they all made a great account of themselves and their country. So, from everyone here at CLX, we want to commend them all for their achievements!
Congratulations should also be extended to the eventual champions Australia – no surprises there – who won their tenth WICF World Cup in succession with this victory! Topping the nine-team group unbeaten, they dispatched all in their path, posting quite-frankly incredible numbers, which included a 151-run stand against England. Commiserations to the New Zealand team, who were valiant in defeat in the tournament’s showpiece match.
A keen cricketer since his childhood in India, where the sport is treated more like a religion than a pastime, Rajiv quickly progressed from outdoor pitches to indoor cricket courts, becoming linked with Indoor Cricket Singapore, the sport’s governing body in the country, in 2014. On this year’s competition Rajiv commented:
“I was honored to be selected as the team captain, it is a great privilege for me to represent Singapore in this way and to be sponsored by CLX. We were pleased with the team's result and will come back again next year to improve on our performance.”
First published by CLX Communications