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. The ninth edition of the only global cricket tournament for university students kicked off in India across 32 cities with city qualifiers from 13th February to discover and nurture budding cricketers from college campuses.
Red Bull Campus Cricket 2020 city qualifiers are taking place from 13th February to 28th March across 32 cities in India – Mumbai, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Indore, Pune, Nagpur, Goa, Raipur & Rajkot in the West; Jalandhar, Dehradun, Delhi, Jaipur, Jammu, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Meerut and Dharamshala in the North; Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Kochi, Mysore and Vizag in South; and Kolkata, Tripura, Guwahati, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Patna and Jamshedpur in the East. Tripura & Rajkot are the two new cities that have been added for this edition and will be part of the East and West Zones respectively.
On the association with Red Bull Campus Cricket, Jake Lush McCrum, COO of Rajasthan Royals said, “Rajasthan Royals is delighted to be associated once again with Red Bull Campus Cricket. It is a fantastic tournament giving a platform to young, talented cricketers across India and around the world. This has been a core part of our philosophy since day 1. Our coaching team saw immense cricket potential in this tournament last year, in which we were delighted to support in hosting the India final at S.M.S stadium in Jaipur.”
352 colleges across 30 cities in India competed for the national championship of Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019. Last year, DAV College Chandigarh beat Hindustan College Chennai in an exciting low scoring final to emerge the India Champions of the prestigious T20 tournament. Having previously won the RBCC National Finals & World Finals in 2013, DAV College Chandigarh again represented India at the Red Bull Campus Cricket 2019 World Finals in UAE where they qualified for playoffs but were edged out by University of Karachi, Pakistan.
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. 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, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Niroshan Dickwella & Chirag Suri are seven 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 levels.
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.