Riding on a superlative performance by best batsman of the tournament Aakarsh Malhotra and captain Kapil Dev's all-round performance, Delhi won the silver medal in the 20 overs Under-14 School Games Cricket tournament played in Kopargaon, Shirdi, Maharashtra on Saturday.
In the finals, Aakarsh Malhotra scored a fabulous 48 runs off 50 balls with 7 boundaries to post a challenging 105 runs but the seven-times champion UP under-14 played team game to wipe off the target in 18 overs.
Aakarsh was adjudged the best batsman of the tournament with 143 runs with a strike rate of 109.16, captain Kapil Dev got the man of the match in the semi-finals against Uttarakhand for his match, winning 35 runs and 2 wickets for 1 run in 2 overs.
If Akarsh was the most attractive and prolific scorer of the tournament, Kapil Dev won player of the match in as many as four matches -- highest by any player in the tournament. Kapil scored 104 runs and took 8 wickets and was easily the best all-rounder of the tournament.
Gurnoor Singh was adjudged the best upcoming bowler of the tournament with 6 wickets and a fantastic economy of 5.57.
Vivaan Jindal was another left-arm orthodox spinner who took six wickets to steal the limelight with his impeccable and incisive bowling performance.
Sarthak Ray was the man of the match for his 3 wickets for 14 runs against Jammu & Kashmir.
Delhi coach Vinod Kumar Matta received the runner up trophy for the team as Uttar Pradesh won the tournament for the seventh time in a row.