Four South London Teenagers Hosted by Indian Premier League Side the Rajasthan Royals
The Rajasthan Royals hosted four talented young cricketers from South London at the Indian Premier League (IPL) team’s training facility in Nagpur, India.
The youngsters Krish Patel (14), Aryan Patel (14), Kalian Patel (15), from Kingston, and Arjun Nandi (13), from Wimbledon, arrived back from India on the 20th December having spent 4 days training at the camp. Their time at the camp involved a unique training experience giving the young players the most innovative learning experience in all aspects of the game.
The four cricketers have been selected due to their outstanding performances as part of The Rajasthan Royals Cricket Academy, which was launched in March 2018 at Reed’s School in Cobham. The academy, formerly known as The Star Cricket Academy, which acts as a pathway to the county setup, was launched by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri in 2005 has grown into an internationally-renowned academy with graduates such as England and Surrey batsman Ollie Pope, Ryan Patel, Amar Virdi (Surrey) and Alex Milton (Worcestershire).
Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals and England star said: "It’s fantastic to see these young guys coming through the Royals’ academy and getting the chance to come out and train in India, where conditions are very different. Hopefully we will see a few of them breaking into the Royals team in years to come!”
Sid Lahiri, Academy Director-Rajasthan Royals Academy: “Rajasthan Royals has always committed to scouting and developing cricketing talent. The Royals academy in the UK is an extension of their underlying efforts towards development of grassroots in India through Royal Colts & Sparks and expanding further to countries like ours in search of talent.”
“It’s imperative that budding cricketers get the right infrastructure and comprehensive training and I am very happy for having given this opportunity to my academy kids to visit Royal Institute of Sport in Nagpur and gain some insights on playing in different conditions,” added Sid.
Speaking on the four teens who were part of the camp in India, Sid said, “I have been coaching Krish for the last five years and he is an immensely talented cricketer and has produced strong performances for his Surrey County age group. Aryan is another extremely talented young cricketer coming through our system, Kalian is in the Middlesex U15 as a hugely talented batsman and Arjun has worked very hard to improve his skills with us. I have no doubt these boys have a big future ahead of them in the game.”
The boys said how benefitting their time at the camp was for the development of their cricket skills
Arjun said: “Training at the camp has allowed me to learn to face tougher bowlers on a difficult pitch which is tricky to play on. The hospitality is great here and the camp is the best experience I’ve had, and it was lots of fun.”
Krish added: “This camp is special because there are many different areas in which you can practice specific drills, such as having designated ball throwers to perfect my skills as a batsman. I have found the granite pitch to be really helpful as I am able to face fast bowling without the fear of being hit.”
The next training camp will take place during the February schools half-term break. The camp is already fully booked giving more kids a chance to impress and learn at the Royals academy in India.
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