President's Message

Dear Members,

Greetings ! I’m sure all of you would have just had a great Deepavali and many days of festivities and joyous bonding with family and friends.

I would like to inform you that we have taken up the issue of safety of our pavilion and club house with all seriousness and urgency. Physical inspections, surveys and preparation of drawings have been completed. We are awaiting the details of repair works required to be carried out along with the time and cost estimates and once this is obtained, immediate steps will be taken. Members’ safety is of paramount importance and your Committee will not make any compromises in this regard.

On the renewal of lease, we understand that the process is in its final stages but there has been no official information from the Government yet. We shall keep you posted on any further developments.

Members-in-charge have formed their sub committees and are now identifying potential areas of improvement and upgradation. Please do come forward with your ideas / suggestions to make the Club facilities even better. I also request active participation from members and dependents to make our CLUBMAN informative, interesting and engaging.

Wishing you and your family the very best.

Warm regards,

R. Ramesh



Arjan Kripal Singh, M.I.C

Cricket in MCC continued to flourish this year as well. After a return to the First Division after a gap of over 25 years, our team finished a very creditable 8th place. This coupled with the fact that we were the runners up in the TNCA one day tournament speaks volumes of the commitment and spirit displayed by the team.

A special thanks to Mr N. Sankar, Chairman, The Sanmar Group for his continued support of our team for the second straight season.

Inaugural 100 Ball Cricket Carnival

The MCC Kumbhat Inaugural 100 ball cricket carnival that we organised for our members over three days at the MAC ‘A’ ground was the highlight of the cricket activity. It was a first of its kind mixed gender tournament which saw as many as 72 members representing four franchises . We also conducted a match for our senior members and veterans during the carnival which was played with spirit and enthusiasm. Several talented youngsters were spotted during the 100 ball carnival and we hope to see them performing well for the ‘B’ team and, perhaps, our League team too in the near future.

MCC - Friendly Cricket Match


Niranjan Mudaliar, M.I.C

The Yonex BWF World Senior Badminton Championship

Men’s Doubles 40+, held at Katowice, Poland

Champions Ajith Haridas & Vijay Lancy

Our MCC Members Ajith Haridas and Vijay Lancy, won The Yonex BWF World Senior Badminton Championship - Men’s Doubles 40+, held at Katowice, Poland, 4th to 11th August 2019.

They defeated the Danish Pair of Esben Kaempegaard and Morten Rasmussen 19-21, 21-17, 21-19 in the finals.

Badminton Lightning,

Ajit Haridas & Vijay Lancy Felicitation Evening

The Badminton Evening on 21st September 2019 saw over 40 participants from the age of 15 to 75 enjoying an evening of good badminton followed by fellowship among the participants.

MCC felicitated Ajith Haridas and Vijay Lancy on their winning the The Yonex BWF World Senior Badminton Championships (Men’s Doubles 40+). MCC President presented a Momento to World Champions while our Past Presidents presented a memento on behalf of the players.

Billiards & Snooker

S.Lakshminarayanan, M.I.C

MCC Billiards & Snooker

All the intra club Billards and Snooker tournaments for the last 2 years have been completed. We are grateful to our sponsors Mr. Navtej Singh Maini and Mr. Ajit Khumbat for their continued support.


Tournaments Winners Runners-Up
MCC Handicap Billiards 2019 AMIT RAJANI JACOB GEORGE


C.N.Shanmugam, M.I.C

Inaugural MCC Murugappa Chennai Schools Hockey Tournament, August 2019

ST PAULS HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL, VEPERY lifted the coveted trophy beating PADMA SESASHADRI H.S SCHOOL, KK.NAGAR. The winners received the trophy from Mr.Arun Murugappan in the presence of Mr.K.Dhananjaya Das

The 93rd All India

MCC- Murugappa Gold Cup Hockey Tournament 2019

The 93rd All India MCC- Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament was played from 29th August to 8th September 2019 on the Astroturf at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium. 10 of the Best Hockey teams from India took part in this prestigious All India Hockey tournament. A very large enthusiastic hockey fraternity of Chennai and Tamil Nadu witnessed the matches daily and cheered the players to make this Tournament a very interesting one to watch. Former champions Indian Oil Corporation Ltd lifted the WINNERS’ trophy with a prize money Rs 6 lakhs & the MCC-Murugappa Gold rolling trophy. Punjab National Bank were the runners-up and took home Rs 3.50 lakhs as their Prize money & the MCC Murugappa Silver rolling trophy. In addition, Murugappa group had also given special prizes of Rs.10,000/- to the BEST PLAYERS of the tournament along with a Hi End Model Bicycle.

Every day, after the match, Murugappa Group gifted the Hockey enthusiasts with a BI-CYCLE thru a lucky draw. We thank the Murugappa group for their continued support. We are also very thankful to Mr.M.M.Murugappan and Mr. Arun Murugappan for supporting this Hockey tournament.


R.V.R.K.Ranga Rao, M.I.C

adidas – MCC National Under 18 Tennis Championship 2019

Mr. Vijay Sankar, Deputy Chairman, The Sanmar Group, and Mr.K Dhananjaya Das, President, Madras Cricket Club distributed the prizes.

Winners got 200 AITA ranking point and an adidas kit contract worth Rs.75000/- while runners got 150 points, and a kit contract worth Rs.50,000/-


BOYS SINGLES FINALS: Dev V Javia (GJ) [1] bt Arjun Sriram (KA) 6-3, 6-2

GIRLS SINGLES FINALS: Rashmikaa Shrivalli Bhamidipaty (TS) bt Reshma Maruri (KA) 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-1

Singles Winners 2019

Doubles winners 2019

MCC Tennis Team won the Cosmopolitan Inter Club

Prize Money Tennis Tournament

The MCC Tennis team won the prestigious Cosmo Inter Club Tennis Tournament for the second consequtive year. Eight premier clubs participated. MCC beat Cosmopolitan Club in a keenly fought final. The team won RS.40,000 prize money along with a beautiful trophy. Congratulations to the tennis team.


S.Lakshminarayanan, M.I.C

13th MCC- V.P.Thirumurthi Memorial Inter Club Squash Tournament

The13th edition of the MCC – VP Tirumurti Inter Club Tournament witnessed 3 days of competitive Squash. 7 premier clubs participated in the tournament.

MCC – A team emerged champions and retained the Cup for a record 13th time.

MCC Squash Open 2019

The MCC Open Squash Tournament Singles was completed as per schedule. The Tournament had over 30 participants. Dr. Akshay Deepak defeated Murukesh Mani to win the Championship.

We had over 10 kids who participated in a fun tournament. All the kids were presented with medals by our Senior Member Mr.Ali Isphani. This was followed by fellowship and a sumptuous lunch hosted by Mr.Fuaad Musvee.

National Squash Championship June 2019

(Standing L – R) : Sunayna Kuruvilla, Rajiv Reddy, Joshna Chinappa

Joshna Chinappa - 17 times Women's National Squash Champion

Rajiv Reddy - Masters National Squash Champion Over 65

Sunayna Kuruvilla - Women's National Squash Runner-up.


S.Lakshminarayanan, M.I.C

Bridge at our club has become very popular. Our members are participating in various tournaments and are performing well and winning a few of them. Considering the fact that many of our players are newbies, this is very creditable.

The MCC Intra Club Bridge Tournament was held in September. The mother daughter pair Chitra and Jyothssena along with Ramesh and Bharath finished joint runners-up. The winners were Hemanth and Sundar.


Manoj Chandani, M.I.C

"Raagas Reloaded"

“Ragaas Reloaded” - an Instrumental Evening, was performed by a Trio lead by Shyam Ravishankar, a professional violinist and featured popular Tamil and Hindi Movie Hits.

"Sangre Latina" - Goan Band

Mega Tambola 2019

Diwali Desi Nite

Shooting Star

Abhimanyu Prakash

Trap shooting has a history of more than a 100 years and is an official Olympic sport. The ammunition used by a Trap shooter is a cartridge containing gun powder and 24 grams of leadshot (pellets) hence known as shotgun.. This is aimed at a randomly thrown clay target, unlike in rifle and pistol shooting where the targets are stationery.

In trap shooting, a shooter has 2 shots from 5 different stations to break a target that’s thrown out of a bunker placed 15 meters ahead, from 15 different machines. In total, one shooter shoots at 25 randomly thrown targets, one at a time. The only exception to using two shots is either during a shoot-off where the scores are tied or during the finals, where only 1 shot is permitted at a time.

In trap and skeet shooting, the shooter has a split second to judge how fast the target is moving, in which direction, bring his/ her gun in line with target, calculate lead and consider weather conditions in that instant and shoot. Any delay will, most likely, lead to a missed target. Therefore, in this sport, a calm and focused mind is highly important.

Safety is paramount and is built into the entire structure of the sport, from basic weapon handling and into the state of play. India, itself, has some of the toughest gun ownership rules in the world, making this a truly safe sport.

I’m 40 years old. Some might say it’s too old to get into professional sport. Perhaps, but I would argue, true for most sports but not trap shooting. In fact, I believe that maturity plays an important factor in trap shooting and that it takes time to understand the level of commitment required.

I started trap shooting 2 years ago. I had been a member of the Chennai Rifle Club for many years. I always knew of the trap & skeet range of the Chennai Rifle Club located in Alamadhi and had planned to go there for years but since it was an hour out of town, it was only 2 years ago that I made the trip out there.

In February of 2018, my father and I decided to set out and visit the trap range. It was then that I truly fell in love with the sport. Mr. D.V.Seetharama Rao, the Secretary General of the National Rifle Association of India, had just become the Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association at the time and helped me to learn the rules of trap & double trap shooting, most importantly, safety and conduct when using a competitive weapon.

Within 4 months of shooting trap, I entered the State Championship in Pudukkotai and won the Bronze Medal in Trap and Gold in Double Trap.

The next step was the South Zone Shotgun Shooting Championship. It is a week-long competition held in Hyderabad and is specially for competitors from Southern States.

I won the Bronze medal in October of 2018 in Double Trap and qualified for the National Shotgun Shooting Championship in Trap and Double Trap in Jaipur. I was lucky enough to receive coaching from Anwer Sultan, a former Olympian, Asian games gold medalist and Arjuna awardee, which helped me fine tune my technique prior to the National Championship.

With the help of Mr. Anwer Sultan and the well-timed advice Mr. D.V. Seetharama Rao I attended the National Shotgun Shooting Championship at Jaipur in November of 2018, where I received the highly coveted Minimum Qualifying Score or MQS, which brings with it a whole host of benefits and rewards.

Second from left Abhimanyu Prakash, third from left Asiya Khilji with (right) D.V. Seetharama Rao (Secretary General NRAI).

Left to Right- Olympian and Asian games medalist Anwer Sultan, 3 time Olympic silver medal and world cup winner Giovanni Pellielo and Abhimanyu Prakash.

Trap Concaderve, Lonato, Italy. 12 trap ranges in one location

In July of 2019 I went to Italy to train further at the famed Concadervé Lonato Trap Shooting range, one of the world’s top trap shooting ranges and is essentially the Wimbledon of trap shooting and to set up my new weapon ordered from Perazzi Italy earlier in the year.

I also entered the Perazzi cup, a famous trophy from the legendary gun manufacturer, Perazzi and met some of the legends of Trap Shooting as well

Having trained well in Italy, this year, I entered the mixed doubles in Trap for Chennai Rifle Club in the State Shotgun Shooting Championship held in August 2019 and we brought home, for the very first time, the mixed doubles cup along with two gold medals.

In the South Zone Shotgun Shooting Championship, I was a finalist in Trap having come 3rd with overall points. Tamil Nadu team, of which I was a part of, came first in overall points and we bagged the Gold.

Abhimanyu Prakash with Tamil Nadu team K.S. Senthil & Nathanial Paul

with Darius Chennai, Vice president – National Rifle Association of India.

Trap, Double trap and Skeet are sports where are slightly tougher sports to begin. Understandably, especially since it deals with the use of arms and ammunition. Safety is the primary role for the rules in this sport and government organizations make sure you are well vetted before they give you a license or allow you to be a member of supporting clubs, even as far as entering such sporting venues.

However, encouraging new shooters is also inherently built into the way the NRAI (National Rifle Association of India) conducts matches. For instance, when I started shooting the medals that I won are for those who haven’t been rated yet. Having set foot and qualified in the nationals means that I compete at a much higher level and a medal is much harder to achieve. Having brought home a medal from each competition this year means as much to me as when I first started.

To start competitive shooting of any kind would be easiest by becoming a member in your local rifle club. They provide you with all the training, guidance and tools to make you a better shooter. For me it was the Chennai Rifle Club to whom I owe a lot to, for without which, competitive trap would remain just a hobby.

If any member or dependent is interested in joining this sport, please do mail me at and I will be too happy to guide you.

The Cricket CLUBMAN is the in-house Magazine of the Madras Cricket Club, No.1, Babu Jagjivan Ram Road, Chennai – 600 005

Publisher : R. Karthik, Honorary Secretary
Managing Editor : R. Ramesh, President

The Cricket CLUBMAN Sub - Committee: S.Prasad, Hemant Chordia, Vivek Sachdev, Radha Ramesh & S.Lakshminarayanan (MIC)

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