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Team AIT wins MIT Summit Cricket Championship

Runners-up last year, Team AIT raised their game to emerge as Champions of MIT Summit 2016

MIT Summit is an annual National Level Inter-Engineering Sports Meet organised by MAEER’s Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune. In its 11th year, the Meet saw participation from 70 engineering colleges from different parts of India with over 3000 students competing across 15 sports disciplines. Team AIT (Army Institute of Technology) who were runners-up last year emerged as winners of this year’s Cricket Championship.

Team AIT Cricket Awards at MIT Summit 2016
Team AIT Cricket Awards at MIT Summit 2016 ( L to R ) – Championship Trophy, Pankaj Kumar – Man of the Tournament, Pankaj Kumar – Best Batsman of the Tournament, Praveen Kumar – Man of the Match – finals

Team members were selected based on the performance in AIT’s inter branch college sports competition (Aakriti ’16) and keeping in mind the future tournaments to come. For MIT Summit’16, the team started practicing a week before the tournament as it was important to give players enough time to gel with each other. The team had to overcome challenges around availability of members and time considering their busy schedule due to engineering classes, assignments and studies. Each member tried his best to ensure they have 2 to 2.5 hours practice sessions daily after the college hours in the evening.

AIT Cricket Team
AIT Cricket Team Members (L – R) – Pankaj Kumar (Captain, Man of the Tournament, Best Batsman of the Tournament), Kartik Chauhan (Vice-Captain, Wicket-Keeper Batsman), Vikram Mishra (All-Rounder), Ashish Singh (Bowler), Ashutosh Mishra (Batsman)
AIT Cricket Team
AIT Cricket Team Members (L-R) – Deepak Kaler (Batsman) , Anil Kumar (Bowler), Praveen Kumar (All Rounder, Man of the Match – Final), Manjeet Kumar (Bowler), Pratik Kumar Pandey (Bowler)
AIT Cricket Team
AIT Cricket Team Members (L-R) – Abhishek Yadav (Batsman), Ajay Kumar Pandiri (Bowler), Shubham Printe (Bowler), Vishal Salaria (All Rounder), Rohit Bisht (Bowler)

Since we were the runners up of the last year’s Summit, we had that extra pressure to perform but our stategy was quite simple – Think of one match at a time & never underestimate yourself or your opponent.
Pankaj Kumar, Captain, Man of the Tournament, Best Batsman of the Tournament

We used to have team meeting on the eve of every match that we played, We used to discuss each and every point that could benefit us in the match to come. This really helped a lot during the tournament.
Anil Kumar, Bowler

MIT Summit Cricket championship is conducted in knock-out format. AIT played 5 matches including the Finals. They got a bye in the first round as they were the runners up last year. They had their first match with Modern PES college and it turned out to be a thriller – they won by just 2 runs!  The hard fought contest gave the AIT team lots of nervous moments as being knocked out in their very first match was something they never wanted to imagine even in their wildest dreams.  The win gave them the much needed confidence that eventually reflected in all the matches that followed. They defeated their opponents convincingly till the semis. Captain Pankaj Kumar, Vishal Salaria and Ashutosh Mishra played gem of knocks,  Vikram Mishra, Anil Kumar and Praveen Kumar bowled their heart out and Kartik Chauhan kept the opponent batsmen nervous at the wickets on the road to finals.

Team AIT Match Photo
Team AIT Bowling in a match of MIT Summit 2016

They played the finals against AISSMS college and it was a contest that went to the wire till the last ball. AIT batted first and got off to a slow start but Praveen Kumar finished the innings in style. They then started brilliantly with the ball but somehow AISSMS got close to chasing the target. AISSMS needed 2 runs to win off the final ball but a perfect last ball by Vikram Mishra sealed the match in favour of AIT by 1 run. A perfect finish to a perfect tournament.

The team was jubilant on winning the finals. Senior players (final year) got emotional as this was their last MIT Summit Tournament. Team’s bonding got even more stronger that day.
Praveen Kumar, All-Rounder, Man of the Match for finals

The team would like to give credit to our own college’s Sports Club- AIT Sports Club, for sponsoring us during MIT Summit’16 and for backing us at every step in the field of sports.
Kartik Chauhan, Wicket Keeper Batsman, Vice-Captain

Buoyed by their success in MIT Summit, Team AIT knows they have a very good team in hand so they want to win as many tournaments as they can in the days to come. They look forward to play to their potential in every match and achieve bigger milestones.

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