I hope you are keeping well.
I have been meaning to write to you,but was just too busy in settling down.
We have been in India 3 months, and now it seems like we are finally settled.
Kids have started school since 2nd April and have settled in well. Now getting used to the Indian summer 🙂
Kabir has been accepted by one of Pune’s top cricket academies. It is manged by Dilip Vengsarkar, he has played 116 Tests for India and was also BCCI’s Chief Selector.
It is very difficult to be accepted in this academy, approx 500 kids turn up for the selection trials, per age group, and only 15 are selected.
However, since we came here at the end of January and selection trials are held only once a year in April, I decided to take him to the academy a few days after we arrived.
The head coach told me that they only select during trials in April,but since we have come from SA and Kabir has played U12 Provincial, he will make an exception, but can spare “only 5 minutes”
Well, Kabir ended up batting for more than an hour and towards the end U16 and U19 bowlers were bowling to him, but he did not get out once.
Needless to say, Kabir was accepted into the academy.
The Head Coach told me that he was really impressed by his batting, but more by his knowledge and awareness of the game.
Last week there was a big festival and in the Quarter Finals, Kabir played a crucial innings, he scored 44 of 16 balls and his team won the match.
Dilip Vengsarkar was watching, and after the match called him and said, “so you the boy from SA, you are a fine batsman,keep up the good work”
Jono, my family and I would like to sincerely thank you for all the opportunities, and also please convey our heartfelt gratitude to all the awesome and truly dedicated coaches at DJ Coaching who took such excellent care of him since he was in Grade 2.
I hope he keeps Dreaming Big and keeps on working hard, so that one day he can make all of you proud.
Thanks a ton for everything!