Aloysius Xavier Lopez
The 12-year-old Lakshman attributes his victory to constant practice at home
CHENNAI: Words refused to oblige 12-year-old Lakshman, as he tried to speak after he was declared winner of the Paddle Pop Gaming League, Chennai, at the Chinmaya Heritage Centre on Sunday.
“Unbelievable,” he said after a while. His father A. Shanmugam said: “As Lakshman was crazy about gaming, I used to shout at him. But now I regret having done that. I am really proud of him.”
“I kept practising at home. This helped me win the championship,” said a beaming Lakshman.
The participants were matured gamers with a lot of practice. “They performed in a professional manner, which we did not expect in a conservative city like Chennai,” said one of the organisers.
Lakshman wants to become a computer engineer. He is a Std. VIII student of the National Public School, Gopalapuram. The gaming involved a five-over match in EA cricket-2007 format. Lakshman’s Team England scored 136 for three wickets.
Naresh of Kottivakkam came second. Irfan and Tamizhselvan came third and fourth respectively.
Interestingly, only two girls were among the 86 qualifiers for the Chennai league finals. They were selected from around 30,000 participants in the first round.
Paddle Pop, a kids brand from Kwality Wall’s, along with gaming partner Zapak Games organised the championship. The Hindu Young World was the media partner.