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sir i can not speak English but i can speak Hindi.
sir mereko cricketer bananahai to muje kya Karna padega.

Dear Vivek,

Thanks for your question. I regret you have not mentioned your place and age, which you should have mentioned for supporting my answer.

Not knowing English or any other language does not matter for becoming cricketer. But I would say that you will have advantage of knowing English language. I would like every child to take education in Medium English rather than any other language. Let us move to the point of becoming cricketer.

I would say very specific points for you to follow, which will help you to become a very good cricketer. Read and follow the following guidelines:-

1. Join any local cricket club and be regular to your practice session with passion and dedication
2. Be sincere and serious at the nets and watch other senior players and improve your skill
3. Natural talent and abilities get exposed when you have passion for the game.
4. Try to play more matches and perform in every match you play, whether you are a bowler or you are a batsman, you must perform accordingly.
5. Today's cricket is not limited to master any one aspect of the game, but it requires you to be at par. You must be an all rounder and an excellent fielder.
6. You must develop abilities like, concentration and patience. Concentration comes from within. You have to practice it by sitting in a meditation mood at place for hours together. You can develop this skill gradually.
7. You must start your innings by playing in V shape, i.e. you must play with straight bat and initially you must play your strokes between mid off and mid on. This will give you more confidence early in the innings. Once you settle down you can score runs with all confidence.
8. You must have target for each and every match to score runs. Once you get fifties, you must start a fresh innings and convert that 50 into century, and like that, you must score big scores for your sides.
9. Take all matches seriously and perform. Only performance counts and not the opposition. Scoring runs against minnows, too are invaluable.
10. Becoming cricketer, is not a joke. You must work for your fitness, too. Regular cricketing exercise and running is too important for your fitness.
11. You must have one mentor only, to whom you must respect and follow his advice. Don't take advice from many cricketers around. But don't ignore them, too.
12. Becoming cricketer requires, 60% hard work at the nets and 40% luck. Fortune favours the brave and that is why fortune will follow the hard and sincere work.
13. You must practice regularly and sincerely and let your performance speak and let your name get into the good books of the selectors. Let them follow you once you score heavily or taking wickets regularly.

Hope these tips you will like and follow with all interest and love for the game. In the end don't neglect English language, which you may need when you take up any other job in cricket in future. Remember my these words otherwise, you may miss the bus in future. So be bold be active and be sincere in whatever you do. Personal studies and career should also be taken care at the same time. Cricketing activities should be considered secondary and not primary. Career first then anything else.

Hope you will follow my tips and which will help you in shaping your career as a cricketer. May God bless you to achieve your dream.

Wish you all the best

Suhas Sapre (Baroda 24/03/2013)  


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I can help to give all questions regarding cricket laws, rules on both umpiring and cricket scoring. It will be a great pleasure to help any candidate who wants to clear the exam of BCCI. I can guide him how the questions are asked and the way they should be replied. I can also conduct classes for Cricket umpiring and scoring anywhere. I look forward to educate and promote local umpires in the days to come. I would help them to get through BCCI Level 1 exam.


I have been a state panel cricket umpire and doing umpiring for last 40 years and also a BCCI official national scorer since 2004, having done many International ODIs played at Baroda and many first class matches in Baroda. I have passed many state panel exams in both categories.

I was serving with State Bank of India, as an Officer, posted at Bodeli branch, some 65 Kmts from Baroda, having taken promotion in August 2012. I was thereafter transferred to Pavi Jepur Br, some 90 kmts from Baroda on 20/12/2013. Recently I have taken VRS from Bank as after becoming an officer I was facing lot of problems regarding leave to attend BCCI matches as a scorer and also Local umpiring and thus hampering my sporting activities. Now to enable me to spare more time for my passion, I have opted for VRS and was relieved on 30/01/2016 and now will look forward to enjoy my passion in the remaining years.Look forward to remain busy with cricketing activities for next one decade and more.Look forward to help my cricket colleagues. Look forward to give off my best services to my passion, which has taught me many more things and now I feel I must contribute towards the local cricket association, i.e. Baroda Cricket Association with all love and enthusiasm in the coming years.I feel proud to take VRS for the sake of my passion. Its a great feeling that I have taken a bold decision in the wake of my passion which has given me enjoyment and physical fitness to enjoy the game of cricket in the the days to come. Now I feel myself as a free bird and no tension. Look forward to help budding umpires.

Earlier I used to write in local newspaper but thereafter time has not permitted me to do so. I give my views over the controversial topic.

I am a degree holder of Commerce and having a reputed banking job in Baroda. Recently due to some personal problems and to fulfil my love and passion for the game of cricket I have opted volunteer retirement from the Bank service to enable me to do BCCI matches as an Official scorer in first class matches. Taking promotion in Bank and expecting leave for the matches was a major problem and that is one of the reasons to quit bank ahead of cricket.

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I have passed several examination of cricket umpiring at State levels. I passed Mumbai cricket Association as well as Baroda Cricket Associations state exams. I had also cleared national written test of BCCI, but unfortunately sheer bad luck in viva and practical. I have also stood first in the Scorers' state level examinations at Saurashtra, exam conducted by Saurashtra Cricket Association and also stood first in Mumbai Cricket Association's Scorers' exam. I further cleared the BCCI national exam in the year 1994 held at Ahmedabad. In all I have officiated as an Umpire in more than 3500 matches, including T20, ODI, 3-4-5/days matches, 6-aside, double wicket tournaments, single wicket tournaments, and many more festival events and charity matches. I have also officiated as an official scorer in many first class cricket matches as well as almost all ODI matches played at the IPCL/ Reliance Cricket ground in Baroda. In all I have officiated as an official scorer in not less than 300 matches. I have been appointed a Sports Secretary of SBI in Baroda (2010 to 2012) I have been elected as one of the Umpires' committee of Baroda Cricket Association on 23.04.2012 Looking forward to take care of local umpires and will try to educate them. Recently I was privileged to conduct a 3-day cricket Umpires seminar on 7 to 9 September, 2012 along with Shri Sanjay Hazare, BCCI Elite panel cricket umpire. This was my first ever experience to conduct a seminar, which had almost 60 participants. I am thankful to the Baroda Cricket Association for giving me this opportunity. I have been honoured on many occasions with awards and certificates for my best umpiring. Recently on 13th February, 2014, I was invited as a Chief Guest by Amrut School in Halol, to celebrate the Annual Sports Day of their school.

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