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Cricket India Academy was started in 2009 by SEDIL to present comprehensive and structured cricket development programs.Leading the coaching function is Coach Director and former Indian international cricketer Pravin Amre. Cricket India Academy offers an exclusive Cricket Pathway, with a well-defined and progressive road map.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

IPL Final 2017- Clash of the Titans

Two-time winners MI will lock horns with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the title clash in Hyderabad on Sunday. The match will even more spiced up as Steve Smith's Pune has beaten Rohit Sharma's side on all three occasions this term.

However, Rohit is locked in another intriguing battle with former India and Pune captain MS Dhoni. Having played all ten editions of the tournament, the duo has set and broken several records.

While MS Dhoni seems to have hit form at the right time, Sharma will be desperate to deliver for his team in the final. The stylish right-hander on Friday became the first Mumbai Indians batsman to go past the 3000-run mark.

'Hitman' also became only the second player, after Raina, in the IPL's history to score 300 runs in every edition of the tournament

It will also be a battle of the young blood of Indian cricket going against each other with likes of Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya proving their metal in the final against Pune’s youngters like Washington Sundar and Rahul Tripathi.

Rahul Tripathi vowed to score against Mumbai after getting out on a duck in the first qualifier. He further said,” For me it is just a dream experience and I am extremely thrilled to play with and against world class players. It's been a pleasure to train and learn under the guidance of top notch players like Steve Smith and M.S. Dhoni. The journey till here has been exhilarating and I look forward to play with the same spirit in the final.”

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Rising Pune Supergiants- Revival of the Underdogs

Rising Pune Supergiants(RPS) started their IPL weakly by winning just 1 of their first 4 matches but they picked up the pace and won 8 of their next 10 matches to finish second on the table.  After a disastrous first campaign and a bad start no one thought they would even make it to the playoffs.

They made the most out their 14 crore man Ben Stokes who had a very big hand in their revival. Rahul Tripathi also was very handy in the group stages scoring 388 in the group stages. With the ball Jaydev Unadkat has been brilliant taking 22 wickets, second only to Bhuvneswar Kumar in the race for the purple cap and also claiming a hat trick.

Pune also made a solid start in the playoffs by winning the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians, a team they have beaten 3 times this IPL. Mumbai are the table toppers but they have struggled to beat pune this year.

Before the start of this edition of IPL, it was announced that Steve Smith will be the captain for RPS this year. It was a move heavily criticized as he was replacing Indias favorite MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni might have passed his prime but the experience he brings on the field makes a lot of difference, especially for the youngsters.

For the better part of this season, Steve Smith has gone to MS Dhoni for advice and field placements. They both have been working together. Their partnership has been working wonders for RPS.

IPL has been a platform for youngster in the Indian Domestic circuit to make their mark on the sport they love playing. It is their proving ground and many cricketers have gone further to represent India and leave a mark on the international stage. Playing with international stars and competing with them brings out the best in these youngsters and they are nurtured for the international stage.

RPS sensation Rahul Tripathi said in an interview with Ajinkya Rahane- “When I play with you (Rahane) in the nets, I keep a close watch on the smallest of techniques that you apply while batting. With Steve, he brings in his different style of play and when Mahi bhai comes to the ground, all you hear is the crowd chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’. That’s the kind of aura he is.” 

He further went on to say on MS Dhonis finishing  stating-“When I used to watch Mahi bhai finish games on television, it looked as if it was an easy task, but after having spent time with him on and off the field, I realise that his level of calmness under pressure is what one needs to learn. The kinds of shots that he played today as soon as he came out in the middle were unbelievable. I can only keep learning as much as I can in his presence.”

Friday, 3 February 2017

Cricket India Academy Under-14 Premier League, the first pink ball tournament in the Under-14 age category in Mumbai

Cricket India Academy (CIA), the largest network of cricket academies in India successfully conducted the inaugural Under 14 Premier League at cricket stadium of Lodha Palava. With a tremendous response from the local spectators and from the most integral stake holders of the event that are parents, we at CIA could were able to provide a wonderful platform to the gen next of the cricketing culture.

The five teams participating were themed after the mystic birds of the world namely Eagle Warriors, Janki Kites, Palava Hawks, Dani Phoenix and Bright Garud. With a total of 65 participants from all over the city and the suburbs, we were extremely blessed with some of the elite talent in the city for the age group. With dynamic batting displays and the spins that could bamboozle the seasoned batsmen, these kids left nothing to desire for.

After the first league rounds, the leading team of the lot was Bright Garud captained by Nilay Pawar and followed by Janki Kites, Palava Hawks and Dani Phoenix. Out of these four teams, the two teams to qualify for Finals are Bright Garud and Palava Hawks. After losing some early wickets, Bright Garud Vice Captain Sumit Pathak took up the mantle to get this team to 226 in 20 overs with 50 runs coming in 2 max overs. The chase was on with the opening batsmen Sujal Shetty and Jagjeevan Singh Bisht giving them a steady start, but the batting line up collapsed to end up with 205 runs in all 20 overs.

Our event was graced with the presence from our Chief Guest Shri. Suresh Shastri, India’s leading name in the umpiring community and currently on the BCCI’s panel of umpire educators. He felicitated several award winners like Atharva Chivelkar from Palava Hawks for Best Catch, similarly Rugved More from Janki Kites was the best batsman with 327 runs in 5 matches with an average of 65.4 whereas Best bowler was Anuraj Chavan from Palava Hawks with the figures of 13 wickets with 1 hatrick and the best fielder went on to Yogi Golakia from Janki kites.

 It has always been CIA’s aim to provide such initiatives for the grassroots that help develop a unique talent and be a stepping stone to success. We are very keen to work with talented individuals and help them in reaching their dreams and becoming a responsible future citizen of the country.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Mithali Raj, admire her

Admire Her - Mithali Raj

Traditionally, cricket is regarded as a gentlemen’s game however there have been some massive developments in the game recently. Women’s cricket has been a hot topic of discussion today. People still think that women cannot play cricket but why not give them a chance to play such a beautiful sport. In India, women’s cricket is not promoted at all. People don’t watch it at all and even cricket lovers hardly know any names of players who represent the Indian Women’s cricket team.

Today I am going to talk about a player who fought against all such odds and is one of the finest woman’s cricketers India has produced. She is an inspiration to all young female cricketers who aspire to play for their country. She is Mithali Raj.

Early Life
She was a sleepy girl in her childhood. Her father wanted to develop in her the habit to get up early, so he dragged her along to her brother's cricket coaching sessions in the mornings.

She would casually pick the bat on the ground and hit a dozen balls on the ground. Jyoti Prasad, who was the coach, was impressed and she asked her parents to enroll her daughter under the training of Sampath sir. Sampath sir saw the potential in Mithali and asked for the trust and blind support of her parents in him as he was convinced that he could make her play for India soon .

Coach Factor
A coach is a very important person in sports and Mithali was lucky to get such a good coach in Sampath sir. He did not set the bar too low. He did not want Mithali to get lost in the academics maze and become an engineer or doctor due to the Indian mentality. He wanted to defy such mentality and to make her to become a professional cricketer.

He made her train like a racehorse. She missed many school trips and excursions .Her training got tougher and tougher. She practiced 6 hours a day. She sacrificed a lot of things for cricket. He made her train after sunset too at times as if she could see the ball well in the dark, imagine how well she could see the ball in the day. Mithali cried at times too after the training but if she had not trained so hard, she would not have played for India.

Unfortunately, her coach died in a motorcycle accident in 1997. Mithali lost an amazing coach who had shaped and influenced her life in a way she had not seen it coming. It was a huge setback.

Climbing the Stepping Stones
Mithali climbed all the stepping stones and played more and more cricket and performed better each day and fulfilled her dream of playing for India. Once she got into the team, it was hard to drop her. She was playing her heart out and her 214 runs against England in a test in 2002 cemented Mithali’s reputation as a formidable batsman. The senior players were awestruck by her confident stroke play. Her innings marked her coming of age. The knock catapulted her to another level.

By 2003 it was impossible to name an Indian XI without Mithali. She become the captain soon and has been a successful captain till today. Many young Indian cricketers like Smriti Mandhana and Veda Krishnamurthy find it as an honor to play with her. She has been a role model for many. She has made a name through cricket and if she can, anyone can. Impossible is just an excuse. It means that you lack the 3 Ds- Determination, Discipline and Dedication to reach where she is.

Parents Support
Her parents made sacrifices for their daughter's career – her father passed up a promotion because it would have meant relocating to another city when Mithali was first named among the World Cup probables, and Leela quit her career as a manager at an optical products chain to take care of Mithali.

She has even won the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.

Promote Women Cricket’s
This year my friend and I had gone to see the ICC World T20 in the stadium in Mumbai. Before the men’s tie, there was women’s semi-final. We had a combined ticket for both the semis- men’s and women’s semis so we went for both. To my surprise, during the women’s tie, the entire stadium was empty. On such a big occasion, it was heart breaking to see that no one wanted to watch the women’s tie and the stadium was full in the men’s semis.

So I would like to conclude by saying that we should promote women’s cricket.  Think how you would feel if you are playing an important match and there are no spectators at all to watch to play on such a big stage. The spirit goes down. The enthusiasm goes down.

Cricket is a religion in India today and I don’t think we should discriminate between men and women in cricket. Just enjoy the sport.

In the words of poetess Brucellish K Sangma-
“I believe I can soar to the heights
Touch the silky clouds
and feel the stars

I believe I can dive    
Right into the depths
and swim with the sharks”

Impossible is just a word which is not in the dictionary of this woman. They believe they can achieve anything and we too should believe that they can.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Dhoni - A Inspiration by Jai Vanvari

Dhoni - A Inspiration
This article is very special to me and I have done a lot of research on Dhoni to write this. This article is dedicated to all the fans of MS Dhoni.
 “The Luck Factor”
Dhoni led India to the cup in World T20 2OO7, World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013.

With him as their captain, CSK won have won 2 IPL titles besides qualifying for 6 IPL finals in 8 seasons.
Still people left, right and center call him lucky. Media called him- ‘lucky dude with flowing hair’ during his early years of captaincy. It is not just ‘Dhoni’s luck’ that has steered India to great heights. What has taken him so far is what he has got in him.

So I am going to talk about what Dhoni has got him today-

The Big A- Attitude
Hailing from a small town in Ranchi, Dhoni had to face many adversaries. The cricketing facilities in Ranchi were poor. Still Dhoni had the flair for turning his limitations into positive streaks by simply not letting them stand in his way.
“I believe in seeing the positive side of the story. For me, it was a time to rest and watch a lot of TV. Spend time with my family and friends and play with my dog.” - Dhoni commented this after missing out on the Asia Cup 2014 due to injury. Perception is very important in life.

M-Magnificent Leader
A leader is the one who stands by his teammates. Players like Mohammad Shami and Shikhar Dhawan had said that it is Dhoni’s backing that has enabled them to perform well.

He is a great motivator. He does not simply impact the game from the striker’s end but also from the non-strikers end but continuously giving his valuable insights and advice to his fellow batsman.  I see him in the team as a mentor to all the other players in the side. He knows how to shape young players and many players have praised Dhoni for his advices.

S- Self Belief
If finishing matches is a gunfight, Dhoni is always up for the task. He has proved time and again that he is the best finisher in the world. He is known for taking the game deep, not risking it early by going for a big shot early. He backs himself to get the team over the line in the last over due to his immense self- belief. If 15 runs are required in the last over, pressure is on the bowler and not Dhoni. His presence is only so intimidating for a bowler.

D- Different
Dhoni is way different from others. His mind works in a different way and that way is the winner’s way. We work hard on our muscles in the gym, but we forget about the muscles of our brains. They too need nurturing and Dhoni has done that.
Once Dhoni was asked to comment on the present ‘in-form’ players in the team. He replied – “Nobody has seen from. It is a state of mind where one is confident and thinks very positively.”
For decades cricketing world has used in-form’ and ‘out-of-form’ expressions but Dhoni dismissed it in a jiffy with a new outlook.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hosLnNMCGsM (7 Incidents When DHONI Fooled Opposition LIKE A BOSS With His Brilliancy)

H- Honor
He is a true gentleman and represents the spirit of cricket itself. He respects the opposition players and umpires at all times. If an opposition player is down with cramps or any other injuries, he even is ready to offer help. In the below picture, we can see that Dhoni was helping Plessis stretch his legs when he had severe cramps in a match against India last year. He is such a selfless cricketer.

O- Oh! Captain Cool!
He is very calm and composed on the field. His secret to calmness is his Point of View. We generally lose our mind when we are under pressure. However, Dhoni turns the table by viewing pressure as a given opportunity to prove his merit.
His extraordinary calm attitude gives him immense mind space to use his conscious and sub conscious mind to good effect.

N- Not giving up
Dhoni is a fearless fighter. In April 2005, India was playing Pakistan and Dhoni was promoted to No.3. Dhoni scored 148 runs from 123 balls. There was a lot of pressure to perform as he was a new corner in the side.
Questions might be raised in his mind such as -

  • Ø Will I be able to face the lethal Pakistani bowling attack??
  • Ø What will my captain tell me if I get out early??
  • Ø What will the media say??

He eliminated all such fear. According to Dhoni, fear is just an illusion of the mind which doesn’t exist in reality.
Dhoni deals with fear by acknowledging it. He then shoves it in a box and closes the lid of the box and keeps it aside.

I-Intuition or Gut Feeling
It is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.He is extremely intuitive and has always flummoxed rivals with his out of box field positions and bowling changes based on his gut feeling.

In the 2007 World T20 final, Dhoni gave the last over to inexperienced Joginder SharmA. In the Final of the Champions Trophy 2013, he gave the 18th over to Ishant Sharma who was having a bad day. These decisions looked crazy but they paid off somehow.

So, I would like to conclude that you should not like Dhoni but instead love him.

“Respect him, love him, admire him, inspire from him, adore him, learn from him and make your life better”.