Mumbai, November 3, 2016: In a close clash, Annesha Ghosh from Kolkata seized the champion’s title of “The Hyundai Cricjockey 2 Powered by ESPNcricinfo, a talent hunt to discover India’s most passionate cricket fan”.
Hyundai Motor India Ltd, the country’s leading car manufacturer and the largest passenger car exporter, in partnership with ESPNcricinfo kicked off the second edition of The Hyundai Cricjockey on the 7th of October. The multi-phased contest that concluded yesterday provided avid cricket fans a lifetime opportunity to present their expertise in cricket commentary, during the ongoing India vs New Zealand ODI series
This season witnessed participation of over 2.5 Lakh fans from across the length and breadth of the country to showcase their ability to comprehend the nuances of the sport in front of a jury comprising the ESPNcricinfo editorial team. Fans sent in their entries on the CricJockey website - hyundaicricjockey.com by submitting an analysis/commentary on the match. Apart from the online edition, the contest included a four-city on-ground event at Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai & Pune that saw cricket fanatics submit their entries along with the extensive digital promotion.
On the success of the season 2 of Hyundai CricJockey, Mr. Puneet Anand, General Manager & Group Head – Marketing, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. said: “Hyundai follows a ‘Smart Marketing’ strategy with a strong focus on digital mediums and Hyundai Cricjockey 2 is yet another step in this direction. We have received consistent encouraging response from this campaign. On behalf of the entire Hyundai family, heartiest congratulations to the Winners of Hyundai Cricjockey 2. As we are focused towards making world-class cars, we are also committed towards meeting our customers’ passion through such innovative engagement activities.”
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Akshaya Kolhe Head of Sales, ESPN Digital Media India said, “We are delighted by the overwhelming response from our fans across the nation this season. We believe that CricJockey is a great platform to extend our engagement with fans and we look forward to further strengthen our association with Hyundai through this contest in seasons to come.”
The eminent jury for the contest included Ajit Agarkar, former Indian cricketer, Sambit Bal (ESPNcricinfo Editor in chief), Jayaditya Gupta (Executive Editor), Gaurav Kalra (Senior Editor) and Sharda Ugra (Senior Editor) from ESPNcricinfo editorial team.
Annesha Ghosh (Kolkata), Korak Roy (Mumbai) and Mayank Jain (Mumbai) were the top three contenders who battled it out to reach the finale to win the coveted title at the ESPNcricinfo studios. Annesha Ghosh was declared the grand winner on October 27, 2016 and went on to write an entire cricketing blog on ESPNcricinfo website along with being featured on Match Day, post the final India vs New Zealand ODI on October 29th.
The top 8 contestants took home prizes worth more than 2 Lakhs over the course of the contest.
Thousands of ardent cricket fans participated in the previous edition of Hyundai CricJockey and made this contest a huge success in 2013. Mr. Kartik Kannan was the winner of the first season and received an opportunity to associate with the ESPNcricinfo Video show in the following years. He was featured with his contributory writing on "The Inbox" - a very popular fan blog on the site that features some of the best sports writers.