An invitation on its Twitter page by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - one of the eight teams taking part in the Indian Premier League (India’s biggest cricket franchise league) caught the attention of one Anil Sharma. To drive greater fan engagement on social media, the past champions of the league asked their fans to cheer the team with a tweet, which, if well received, would present its author a chance to win a VIP match ticket.
Sharma was lucky because while the match featured his favourite team SRH, he would also get to see MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in action. The match went down to the wire with SRH failing to hit a six off the last ball to win. It may not have ended the way Sharma wanted, but he enjoyed the nerve-wracking finish.
“It was a nail-biting finish and I was disappointed that SRH lost. But thanks to
Another SRH fan, too, noticed on their Twitter page that Sprite was running the contest. Hardik Kedia was so excited after getting the VIP ticket that he forgot to take a picture of himself during the match!
Watching the game from the North Pavilion at the Hospitality Lounge, with food and beverages included as part of the prize, was a dream come true for him. “They (the hospitality team) were very warm and polite. I was half an hour late to arrive at the stadium but they took care of everything,” Kedia said.
Kedia, a final year BBA student at the St. Joseph’s College in Hyderabad, closely tracks the SRH team and what its members are up to. He hopes to pursue an MBA degree after graduation. As a fan, he loves the idea of the best players from different countries around the world playing for one franchise.
For those who managed to win, nothing could be cooler than such a hot opportunity.