Starting to dream cricket as career in India isn’t easy and it can not be a short term decision. You need to think a lot if you want to make cricket as a career in India in terms of the hard work and commitment you would have to put through. Once you have made a final decision to opt for cricket as a career in India, you can follow the following steps-
1. Join a cricket club or sports coach. You should be clear if you choose cricket as career in India then you have to choose between cricket and education. Its a great jig saw puzzle. If you choose cricket career then you have to join good training. So you will have to choose when you face the same roadblock and you need to be clear on that.
2. Then, you will have the domestic matches. Corporate matches, division leagues and other sub-domestic games which will be a pathway for you to enter the elite teams.
3. Perform and try joining the Under 19’s which is the third step in your cricketing career. This is the ICC branded team and performing here will seal your place in the team. You have the Inter-Continental cup, World cup, and other elite competitive tournaments.
3. Then, you have tournaments which gain the selector’s attention. Ranji, Vijay Hazare, Duleep, are some so as to quote. Playing for Ranji is a player’s dream. Perform well there and puff, you are directly under the selector’s radar. You will be noticed. Consistent in that and you might get a ticket.
4. Final step is The Indian Cricket team.
Personal advice: Think twice before making a decision. Once you are into cricket, there is no turning back. Perform. Rise high. Repeat.
Few players who got noticed and found a way into the Indian Cricket team were Sanju Samson, Ravindra Jadeja, Karun Nair, Naman Ojha, Ravichandra Ashwin etc and others. They were all amateurs and starters at one point just like you. They made a mark and kept rising.
I worked hard to acquaint myself regarding cricket environment of Mumbai. There are some schools like Anjuman Islam in Bandra and Around 400 cricket clubs are functioning in Mumbai, out of which 70 are active for cricketing all along the year. Mumbai boasts some of the top-notch cricket turf and venues. With top facilities and a great atmosphere, several cricket turf in Mumbai are available. Mumbai Cricket Teams are playing matches for the whole year.
Indian Cricket Team Captain List – Before independence
|3||Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi||1946||3||0||1||2|
Indian Cricket Captain List
Before Gavaskar era
|11||Mansoor Ali Khan Patuadi||1961-1975||40||9||19||12|
Indian Cricket Captain List
|2||Bishen Singh Bedi||1975-1979||22||6||11||5|
Cricket Tournament: Mumbai
Mumbai runs several tournament. I tried to manage participation of Malhar in many of the tournament, such as Bhaskar Thakur Memorial Cricket Tournament, Roha Tournament, Sahebji Chashak etc. In this course I met Puneet an eleven year old playing for two years at Pro-King. It was in these matches that he was eyed by one cricket coach from Mumbai Cricket Association
Cricket sites for local cricket
I continued watching game of Malhar on sites like, Chauka.in and cricheroes.in. Due to paucity of time, I could not go along with Malhar for whole day matches. Most of the time these matches were arranged at far off places like, Azad Maidan, Bhiwandi, Netaji Subhas Ground, Bhayandar-North Mumbai. Being a tea lover, I used to watch matches of Malhar, his bowling, his sixes, his singles and his fielding taking tea sips at Chai Tapri in Juhu Mumbai
I found several teams simultaneously playing, getting trained at Shivaji Park- Dadar, Azad Maidan, Cross Maidan, Oval Maidan, Seven Square school field at Mira Road, Vadape Cricket Ground, Gaondevi Cricket Ground and few matches at RSA Ground Airoli
At Nanji Shamji Cricket Ground near Kanjur Marg (East) Police Station, I happened to meet brother of Vinod Kambli. He is also running an academy.
Mumbai Cricket Association
Mumbai Cricket Association is just beside Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai. It was formerly known as Bombay Cricket Association was established in 1930 and is the governing body for cricket in Mumbai, Greater Mumbai and Thane districts. The jurisdiction of MCA includes the area up to Dahanu in the Western Suburbs, Badlapur in the Central Suburbs, and Navi Mumbai up to Kharghar.
MCA is a permanent member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and houses the Headquarters of the BCCI in Cricket Centre within the Wankhede Stadium premises
Anjuman Islam Institute Sports Club