Cricket and Culture in Wells
Over the last few weeks, Wells Cathedral School (Somerset, UK) have welcomed and hosted 16-year-old Sahil Jadhav. A talented cricketer, Sahil plays for the junior Mumbai team, and is a member of the prestigious Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy in Mumbai. He was also named as one of the most promising under-14 cricketers in India.
Sahil was selected by Cricket Beyond Boundaries (CBB). Established in 2011, CBB is a global sports initiative that uses cricket as a vehicle to transform lives and provide opportunities to young Indian cricketers to travel to the UK to spend time in leading schools and develop their cricket. Sahil is one of only 20 young cricketers to have been selected for this initiative since its inception in 2011.
Sahil, an incredibly talented batsman, was welcomed into De Salis, one of the School’s boys’ boarding houses, by the Wells pupils during his stay, where he was immersed in a bespoke programme of cricket coaching, strength and conditioning training, sports psychology and matches for the First XI Cricket team, as well as time spent working on his English and an introduction to British culture. The Wells boys embraced the opportunity to introduce Sahil to life in Somerset, including several meals out at the local Indian, Rajah!
Sahil played for the Wells First XI Cricket team extensively during the School’s annual Cricket Week, a 7-day long festival celebrating the sport. Opening the batting, he scored an excellent 100 against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in the inaugural fixture of the celebratory week, for which he was awarded man-of-the-match. Interestingly, Dilip Vengsarkar himself is an honorary life member of the MCC and has three test match hundreds to his credit at Lords.
Sahil said, “It's tough to bat here with the wickets being grassy; the ball swings a lot and it's cold too. However, I am enjoying playing against different teams which have players senior to me. Batting against MCC was challenging, but a century against such a good team has boosted my confidence.”
MCC treasurer, Tony Elgood, was impressed by Sahil's batting. “Sahil's century for Wells Cathedral School against MCC is the most impressive innings I have witnessed from someone so young. For a 16-year-old to possess not only such exquisite timing, but also the power to hit the MCC bowlers to all parts of the ground was quite extraordinary.” said Elgood.
Director of Sport, Tom Webley, a former Somerset County Cricketer and ECB Level 4 Coach, said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege for us to welcome Sahil to Wells during the summer term. He is an outstanding batsman and real team player, and it has been heart-warming to witness the way in which the Wells boys have embraced his arrival and integrated him with such ease into the team.
It has been great for us to be able to introduce Sahil to the glorious countryside of Somerset and the beauty of our lovely and historic market town of Wells. I know the boys have particularly enjoyed taking him along to the local Indian restaurant in the town centre, as well as spending some time chilling out with social media in the boarding house!”.
Cricket Beyond Boundaries board member Rajiv Sharma was delighted to hear how well Sahil has settled in. “Providing opportunities for young promising students is the mission of CBB. We congratulate Sahil on fully embracing this experience and thank Wells Cathedral School for their support”.
Cricket Beyond Boundaries
Cricket Beyond Boundaries (CBB) was established in 2011 as a global sports initiative that uses cricket as a vehicle to transform lives.
Since then, CBB has helped 18 poor Indian children spend time in leading UK schools including Durham School, Cheadle Hulme, Denstone College and Kings College, Taunton, to develop both their education and cricketing skills.
The initiative is continually expanding with more schools and youngsters set to be involved this summer.
Patrons & Supporters
- Dr. Samir Pathak (founder)
- Dilip Vengsarkar
- Lord Bhikhu Parekh
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Sahil Kukreja
CBB Young Cricketers
- 2012: Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Nitin Tanwar, Akshay Bharambhatt
- 2013: Vikas Dixit, Khizar Dafedar, Shivam Chauhan, Paranjul Puri
- 2014: Prithvi Shaw, Harshvardhan Patil, Ramakrishnan Natarajan, Vikas Dixit
- 2015: Rupesh Borade, Divya Prakash, Hashir Dafedar, Prithvi Shaw
- 2016: Nitish Joyal, Saurabh Nawale, Rupesh Borade, Prajwal Pansare
- 2017: Rupesh Borade, Shaikh Rasheed, Aman Mulla, Prajwal Pansare, Vikram Lakshmi
- 2018: Rupesh Borade, Revanth Reddy, Prajwal Pansare, Naim Khan