International Champion: Ashoka University: Anit Basu and Mayukh Nair
The quiz hosted by prolific quizmaster Pickbrain introduced the finale in his own trademark way as perhaps the ‘End Game’ of the 2019 battles at Tata Crucible receiving huge cheers from the packed audience. The international finale of the 2019 Tata Crucible for campuses was held at the amazing Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai in the historic Crystal Ballroom.
The quiz featured six teams that made it from the three countries where the quiz is held namely Singapore, UAE and India. The line up of the finale was extremely impressive including a team from Abu Dhabi for the first time that had won the quiz at Dubai.
The quiz hosted by Pickbrain also featured Mr. Harish Bhat as a host for his round ‘From the Corner Office’. Mr. Bhat had lined up very interesting gems that truly tested the teams and the audience as well.
After a nerve-racking battle that saw NUS Singapore, NYU Abu Dhabi, Ashoka University Sonepat and LNMIIT Jaipur in the lead at different stages of the quiz went down to the last two questions. Of the penultimate question the team from Ashoka cracked a poser on Thanos, of Avengers fame, only for the quizmaster to quip ‘What a time for Thanos to make an impact’. The same team off the final ball answered a very tricky question on the suppliers of strawberries to Wimbledon to lift the title.
The team’s emotional reaction on winning the title won the hearts of the crowd much akin to the End Game that Pickbrain drew a parallel to at the start.
The chief guest Mr. S. Padmanabhan from Tata Sons gave away the prizes in the presence of Mr. Harish Bhat, Brand Custodian, Tata Sons.