Eight of India’s best teams to battle it out for the Red Bull Campus Cricket National Finals 2020
The only global cricket tournament especially developed for university students, helping find the next generation of cricketing talent.
Updated - Nov 26, 2020 6:47 pm
Lucknow, 26th November 2020: Following a scintillating round of city qualifiers and regional rounds, the ninth edition of the only global cricket tournament for university students, Red Bull Campus Cricket is ready to host the National Finals at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow from 30th November to 4th December 2020. The Red Bull Campus Cricket National Finals will host the 8 best cricket teams from across the country.
They will battle it out in the league stages from 30th November to 2nd December where matches will take place simultaneously at Jaipuria Cricket Academy and Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Post the league stages, the semi-finals will be held on 3rd December with the two best teams competing in the grand finale of Red Bull Campus Cricket National Finals on 4th December 2020.
The Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals deepens their association with the energy drink giant Red Bull in India and plans to continue scouting talent from the annual international T20 tournament for college cricket teams – Red Bull Campus Cricket.
Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020 city qualifiers took place this year across 29 cities in India Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Indore, Pune, Nagpur, Goa, Raipur & Rajkot in the West; Jalandhar, Dehradun, Delhi, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Meerut and Dharamshala in the North; Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Mysore and Vizag in South; and Tripura, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Patna and Jamshedpur in the East. Tripura & Rajkot are the two new cities that have been added for this edition and are a part of the East and West Zones respectively. This year, RBCC found their Kochi city champions through their association with Kerala College Premier League T20 Championship in February
After the city and regional qualifiers, eight of the country’s best teams made it to the ninth edition of Red Bull Campus Cricket National Finals. DAV College Jalandhar and SS Jain Subodh College Jaipur qualified from the North Zone; New LJ College Ahmedabad and DAVV College Indore qualified from the West Zone; SOA University Bhubaneswar and YBN College Ranchi qualified from the East Zone; Jain College Bengaluru and Loyala College Chennai qualified from the South Zone. The respective teams will now battle each other to be crowned the best cricket university in the country at The Red Bull Campus Cricket National Finals in Lucknow.
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DAV College Jalandhar convincingly beat SD College Chandigarh by 5 wickets and SGRR College Dehradun by 61 runs in the North regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
SS Jain Subodh College Jaipur overcame Alfalah University Delhi by 4 runs and KKC College Lucknow by 127 runs in the other North regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
New LJ College Ahmedabad beat MMCC College Pune by 98 runs and Geetanjali College Rajkot by 59 runs in the West regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
DAVV College Indore beat Hislop College Nagpur by 111 runs in the other West regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
SOA University Bhubaneswar beat K.C Das Commerce College Guwahati by 47 in the East regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
YBN College Ranchi beat BIT College Patna by 23 runs and Cooperative College Jamshedpur by 2 wickets in the other East regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
Jain College Bengaluru beat SP College Hyderabad by 4 wickets and Raghu Ram Engineering College Vizag by 31 runs in the South regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
Loyala College Chennai beat Sree Kerala Verma College Kochi by 7 wickets and PSG College of Arts and Science Coimbatore by 25 runs in the other South regional round to enter the National Finals of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020
352 colleges across 30 cities in India competed for the national championship of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019. Last year, DAV College Chandigarh team beat Hindustan College Chennai team in an exciting low scoring final to emerge the India Champions of the prestigious T20 tournament.
Last year, the unique partnership between the Rajasthan Royals and Red Bull marked the beginning of one of India’s biggest cricket talent hunts as the former scouted young talent during the tournament and at the RBCC National Finals 2019. A team from Rajasthan Royals closely monitored and picked key players and gave them the spectacular opportunity to be a part of the trials conducted by the team along with the possibility of getting picked in the next IPL auctions.
RBCC Player Tryouts with Rajasthan Royals took place at Institute of Sports, Talegaon, Nagpur in the first week of December of 2019. The 4 selected RBCC players were Sushant Singh from Ranchi, Faizam Alam from Delhi, Manik Sirohi from Delhi and Sharukh Khan from Chennai (Man of the Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019 tournament in India – From Hindustan College Chennai) who also became a part of the IPL auction but was unsold but got noticed because of his name. Zubin Bharucha (Rajasthan Royals Head of Cricket) & Romi Bhinder (one of the directors of the RSDMF and also the media and Team manager of Rajasthan Royals) were present to interact with the players during the trials.
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Niroshan Dickwella & Chirag Suri are six players who went on to make their names in international cricket for their respective countries by using the Red Bull Campus Cricket platform. Red Bull athlete KL Rahul was the top scorer in the 2013 edition of the competition and credits RBCC for his success at the domestic and international level. Cricketers like Manan Vohra, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Shashank Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Himanshu Rana, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Anukul Roy, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ricky Bhui have also reaped the benefits of Red Bull Campus Cricket.
About Red Bull Campus Cricket:
Red Bull Campus Cricket is an annual international T20 (20-over) tournament for college cricket teams, providing a platform for young talent to play on a world stage and make their way into professional cricket without having to give up on college education. The competition was launched in 2012 and is now in its ninth year. The respective teams have each won national qualifiers to represent their countries at the World Finals. For the latest on the tournament and details on Red Bull Campus Cricket, visit (redbullcampuscricket.com) and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.