The third edition of ESPNcricinfo's CricIQ turned out to be an enthralling contest. The event witnessed keen participation from cricket enthusiasts across the country.
ESPNcricinfo's CricIQ Season 3, India's first and only multi-format and multi-platform cricket quiz concluded with a befitting finale in the presence of Indian cricketer Lakshmipathy Balaji on April 4th, 2015 at St. Joseph's College Auditorium, Bangalore.
CricIQ is reputed for challenging the minds of the greatest cricket intellects across the country. The third season featured a new and exciting format with 5 weeks of 'PowerPlay' rounds followed by five rounds of semi-finals culminating in the finale. Special additions to this season included 'Surprise hours' during which on-spot prizes were given away, 'Net Practice' for quizzers who needed to warm-up before facing the real challenge, and 'Quizzer's Den,' a hangout for serious quizzers.
Commenting on the occasion, Ramesh Kumar, Head, ESPNcricinfo and ESPN Digital Media said, "CricIQ Season 3 was supplemented by World Cup Fever and compelled fans to take up the challenge and amplify the excitement. We were overwhelmed with the participation and response from cricket lovers across the nation even when the greatest cricketing tournament was on. This is testimony to the fact that as a quizzing property, CricIQ has evolved and solidified its presence in the country. We would like to congratulate the winners on their victory and look forward to continued support of cricket lovers for the seasons to come."
This season's event partner was Gionee Mobiles. Speaking about their collaboration with ESPNcricnfo, Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones "We are delighted to have partnered with ESPNcricinfo's popular digital quizzing property CricIQ. Gionee over last 2 years has gained tremendous popularity in India and we have a strong connect with cricket watching audiences on the digital platform. CricIQ has gained huge popularity within a short span of time attracting top cricketing brains across the country and we are certain that the association will be fruitful to both."
The winner, Manish Achuth who hails from Bangalore, took home an all-expenses paid trip for two to London to watch the Ashes at Lords Cricket Ground. The runners-up received a premium hospitality package to watch the IPL T20 Finals at Eden Gardens and the remaining finalists won Gionee Mobile phones and gift hampers worth 1.5 lakhs, 1 lakh, 50 thousand and 25 thousand each.
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