In India, cricket is not just a game, it’s a religion. No other game has ever enjoyed so much popularity in our country. If you think your son/daughter is too young to start playing professional cricket, the following cricket greats will surely prove you wrong –
At 21 years and 77 days, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi held the world record for the youngest Test captain until he was surpassed by Tatenda Taibu (Zimbabwe). But he had started making headlines right from his school days at Winchester. He captained the school team in 1959, scoring 1,068 runs that season and beating the school record set in 1919 by Douglas Jardine.
Imagine playing against the likes of Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir & Wasim Akram at the age of just 16. For Sachin Tendulkar, it all started in a Lord Harris Shield inter-school game against St. Xavier’s High School in 1988. He scored 326 (not out) and was involved in a 664 run partnership – a record partnership in any form of cricket until 2006. He was just 15 years old then.
If you aren’t aware of the other player in the record-breaking 664 run partnership with Sachin, here’s the answer – Vinod Kambli. He started his Ranji Trophy career with a six and that six was a sign of the great things to come.
Fun fact: Sachin Tendulkar & Vinod Kambli were trained by the same coach – Mr. Ramakant Achrekar.
Yuvraj began his cricketing career at the age of 11 when he was picked for the Punjab Under-12 team. He was selected in the Indian Cricket Team at the age of just 19 and went on to become of the most prolific hitters and a reliable all-rounder.
This name might sound a bit unfamiliar, as compared to the others in this list, but Prithvi Shaw is touted to be the next Sachin Tendulkar. Sounds interesting? In November 2013 Prithvi had set the highest score by any batsman in any organised form of cricket since 1901, when he hit 546 in a Harris Shield elite division match.
Yes, your kid too can make it this big in cricket, but for that, you need to find the right coaching academy to nurture his/her talent. And what better academy than the one by Anil Kumble, one of India’s greatest ever spinners?
Gera’s Song of Joy, a project of 2 & 3 BHK ChildCentric™ homes in Kharadi, Pune, is home to a cricket academy by Anil Kumble that will guide your child to full potential. To know more about this academy and Gera’s Song of Joy, visit – http://www.childcentric.in/soj/