At SIBM, Pune when you talk about the memories you've had over the years, the Symbiosis Premier League undoubtedly serves as one of the most memorable events ever. The flagship event of the Sports Management Team, this year's SPL 9 started on the 23rd January with the Captain's Auction followed by the Player's auction the next day.
The tournament started on 13th February giving players enough time to practice and form strategies and also the brand ambassadors plenty of time to promote their team. There were 8 teams divided into two pools. Pool A - Devils, Sharks, Eagles and Spartans, Pool B - Dragons, Panthers, Stallions and Wolves.
The first match started with Pool A Team - Devils v/s Team Eagles. It was a nail biting and exhilarating match. The Second match of SPL 9 was between Team Dragons and Team Panthers (Pool B); Naman Jhawar captain of Team Dragons won the man of the match also took the team to victory in their first match. The tournament lasted for 9 days with an outstanding turnout and the participation was immensely successful with lots of humor from commentators Tanuj Sharma and Smit Pandey.
The top four teams (Devils, Sharks, Dragons and Stallions) battled it out in the Semifinals, which were held on the 23rd February 2017. The first semi final was between Sharks and Dragons, with Dragons winning and leaving them one step closer to the Championship trophy. The Second Semi final was between Devils and Stallions. This match was exceptional on the part of Team Devils as they played their heart, which led them to victory and reaching the final in SPL 9.
There was also a Girls' Match between , MBA 1 and 2 which was won by the team of MBA 2.
The final match was full of cheer, excitement and unanticipated buzz. There were two great teams (Devils and Dragons) with captains – Naman Jhawar and Sourabh Dogra.
The Devils won the championship by 18 runs, winning SPL second time in a row, with Sourabh Dogra declared as man of the tournament.
There were other awards also; Emerging Player of the tournament - Akhil Deshpande, Value for Money was Animesh Rathore, Best catch by Rahul Grover, Best Brand Ambassadors was Anjali (Team Stallions), Best Batsman was Naman Jhawar and Best Bowler was Anirudh Jhavar.
The tournament also included the Alumni Match, which was held on the 17th February 2017 with the Alumni winning the match against the students of SIBM Pune.
The Sports Management team also hosted the first Faculty match in SPL the history. It was a fun and friendly experience with Faculty/Staff winning the match easily against the Student Executive Council Members of SIBM Pune.
We look forward to the 10th edition of SIBM Pune Premier League which we hope would be much bigger and better than SPL 9.