The IFCR — International Fellowship of Cricket-loving Rotarians — Chennai team led by Captain Viswanath Krishnan won the IFCR Mini World Cup in Dhaka, in which 12 teams from Nepal, Sri Lanka, hosts Bangladesh and India participated.
With eight competitive and four festive teams, the tournament held from Nov 14–18 displayed good friendship on and off the field between the contesting teams. Led by Krishnan, the Chennai team won all their league matches and the finals. Over the years, every IFCR-Chennai chairman has nurtured fellowship among teammates. The present chairman Jagannathan Maraimalai alias Jagan and his team have taken fellowship to new heights. “Gaurav Jain was the Man of the Series for his consistent performance with both bat and ball in the mini world cup,” said Jagan. Playing his first IFCR tour, Laxman made an impact with his big hitting in all the matches.
While a cricket team consists of 11 players, IFCR-Chennai travelled to Dhaka with 20 players and “we gave equal opportunities to all of them.” One of the players, Ram N Ramamurthy, arranged a gala reception for the victorious team at the Chennai airport. DG Nandakumar, RID 3232, felicitated Chennai team chairman Jagan at the IFCR’s standing council meeting at the TNCA Club.