Hyderabad Semi Finals
Match 1: Teegala Krishna Reddy Education Society v/s Bhavan’s Vivekananda College
Winners: Teegala Krishna Reddy Education Society
Match 2: Aurora’s Engineering College v/s Sardar Patel College
Winners: Aurora’s Engineering College
Verdict: Final match will be between TKR College and Aurora College
Men of the Matches: Sumanth Naidu and Nikhilesh Surendra
The Match Haiku:
Achilles was cool.
Took an arrow to the knee.
Nikhilesh is cool.
The Match Report:
How Hyderabad got the name Hyderabad.
There was once a Prince named Hyder. He lived in a great, prosperous kingdom and was loved by his subjects, especially the one named Geography, though Biology thought he was pretty cool, too. There was no shortage of gold in his treasury and no shortage of beautiful dancing girls in his harem. The only problem with his kingdom was that it had no name. This depressed Hyder a lot, because people used to adopt their own nicknames for it, and he REALLY didn’t want to rule over an empire named “Chhotu.”
So he came up with a plan. He decided to hold a cricket tournament, because he liked cricket and because tournament rhymed with Poorna Ment, the name of his favourite great-aunt. It was decided that the captains of the winning teams will be able to jointly decide what the new name of the kingdom will be. So he invited the top 4 cricketing colleges in “Chhotu” to come and play at the Lahari Resort’s Cricket Stadium, and joined the teams to watch the proceedings. He’d also flown down his favourite Broadway show to perform at this event. It was called The Loin King.
The first match took off with the TKR team winning the toss and electing to bat – a good decision because they posted a formidable 202 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. Captain Sumanth did the whole awesome skipper thing and scored 75 runs for his team. However, poor Bhavan’s could only manage a measly 123 runs before they all tumbled down. The result was that TKR won, and Loin King started celebrating by distributing grapes. They called this segment “Fruit of the Loin.”
The second match was a true nail-biter, one that impressed Prince Hyder very much. Aurora, a sluggish team after Prince Hyder’s special biryani, scored 165 runs. Despite this low score, it seemed like an uphill battle for SP College right from the start, until the moment Nikhilesh Surendra came on. He hit a stunning 6 in the 13th over, and started closing the gap bringing it down to 8 runs off 3 balls. It looked like SP could actually win this, but alas, fate was being that word we can’t put in here that rhymes with pitch. Nikhilesh, needing two runs off the last ball, hit the delivery in the air – only for it to be caught by a certain mister Ram Koti. And it was all over for SP. Prince Hyder however saw the effort Nikhilesh put in, and crowned him Man of the Match. Aurora won by 1 run.
Now came the big moment – what would the Kingdom’s name be? As the captains of both teams were walking towards the microphone, a funny thing happened. The cast of Loin King was waiting in the wings, to go next after the captains, in celebration of the new name. Now Loin, the chief character had a sidekick named Robert. As the captains came on, Lion realized that Robert was completely visible to the audience. As the captains approached the mike, Loin screamed, “HIDE, ROBERT!” without realizing that his lapel mic was on. Unfortunately, Prince Hyder heard it and thought, “WOW. Hyde Rabad. What an awesome, original name. HYDERABAD IT IS!”
And that, folks, is how Hyderabad got its name… Now if you excuse me, I need to admit the author of this story to an insane asylum for the night.
Red Bull Campus Cricket Insider: Anuya Jakatdar