Our first ever participation in any corporate cricket tournament was when we were invited by our dear friend Rohan Chanda of Steak Factory to participate in a friendly tournament organized by him sometime in 2016. We reached Vivekananda Park, all geared up, to find the entire ground sloppy after a night of heavy rainfall. And the great cricketers that we all were, we had no confidence at all to perform on that muddy field. Our first match was against Wow Momo, and we obviously lost against them. Our players played hard and fought till the end, saving us from a bigger embarrassment. But since it was a knockout tournament, we had to bid farewell, not before cheering for Wow Momo and the other two teams playing the next match. Eventually, the entire tournament got cancelled due to heavy downpour and winners and losers made no difference.
The second participation was not as bad though. We played in Federation Of Event Managers of Eastern India’s cricket tournament exclusively organized for event agencies. Led by the able captaincy of Debdeep, we went on to win the Silver Plate Championship, having lost to the eventual champions Brand To People in the semis. Event today, in any casual meeting of FEMEI, people still talk about the way our team performed, including stories of our batsmen dancing and grooving after every boundary!
The third sports affair of E365 happened when we participated with a team of musicians for Aditya Group’s friendly football tournament where they announced their upcoming event with Diego Maradona. We won the first match against the organizing team, with our players showing tremendous performance on field. Unfortunately, we lost at the semis to the eventual champion team comprising of Bengal Cricket team players. I have very fond memories of this day as the musicians bonded superbly over football, and the after party went to the wee hours of the night, when I got to celebrate my birthday right at the stroke of midnight. My gift? A jam session with all the musicians, with myself behind the drum kit after almost a decade!
Whether it is cricket or football, the love of Indians for both sports are crazy. I believe sports can be the best team building activity at times, developing the team spirit, trust, coordination, respect and motivation for each team member. Every now and then, I would hence want my team members to participate in sports events and get to interact with old and new friends from the industry and beyond.