ANI Photo | John Wright, Jhulan Goswami hold special training session for MI Junior Champions

When Swami Vivekanand, Borivali (Boys U14 Team), Shardashram Vidyamandir (Girls U15 Team) and Anjuman Islam, CST (Boys U16 Team) won the third edition of the Mumbai Indians (MI) Junior Inter-School Cricket Tournament’s Mumbai leg, it was an unforgettable memory for them.
Continuing the practice from the previous years, where the winners of MI Juniors get the chance to attend an exclusive coaching clinic by members of the MI coaching team, this season winner’s had John Wright, former Indian and Mumbai Indians coach and Jhulan Goswami, team mentor and bowling coach for women’s team of Mumbai Indians, who passed on their techniques and knowledge to the winners, as per a press release from Mumbai Indians.
Post the session, Jhulan Goswami said, “It was a lot of fun. They are so intelligent. They know what to do. When I asked certain questions, they gave spontaneous responses. I was really impressed. When I was young, I was not that prompt. They understand their games really well and it is a credit to their respective coaches back home. It is creditable that Mumbai Indians are taking such initiatives for young boys and girls.”
John Wright remembered his time as India coach and spoke about how it is vital for youngsters to get opportunities like MI Junior in age group cricket. “It is really important that everyone gets the opportunity to play games of cricket in an organized way. A lot of the boys that I coached came through very hard pathways. Some of them had to fight very hard to just get a game of cricket. It is vital that youngsters get to play as much as possible.”
It took him back to his time as a schoolboy cricketer in New Zealand. “I have always enjoyed and valued working with young cricketers of all ages. We have all experienced that while growing up. It was a long time ago but you still have memories as a 12 or 14-year-old that loved the game. At that age, you play whenever and wherever you can and have dreams of representing your country. In this age, they also dream of playing the IPL. It was great to see their shining eyes and bright smiles. We just encouraged children to have big dreams, enjoy themselves and have fun.”
The talent on the show impressed both Wright and Goswami. “It was very enjoyable. The kids were very enthusiastic. There were various skill levels. Some of them were of a very high standard. We tried to make it enjoyable for them. They were very enthusiastic and we emphasized a lot on the fielding. It is fielding that brings a team together,” Wright said.
The kids underwent a set of various training and fielding drills while also getting to ask their questions and interact with the two respected coaches. The girls began first and then followed by the two boys’ teams.
The Third edition of MI Junior was played across iconic grounds in Mumbai, Pune & Nagpur and had the participation of over 400 teams with close to 3,500 boys and girls participating across three age groups of Boys U14, Girls U15 and Boys U16. Notably, the tournament had about 16 women scorers who were accredited with the cricket associations, officiating across the matches in Mumbai, apart from that around 63 female Physio’s were on the ground to look after the players and guide them through the injuries.
MI Junior is an initiative conceptualized by Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani, who has been the flag bearer of promoting sports as part of the educational curriculum and has been spearheading various grassroots sports initiatives through Reliance Foundation including ESA (Education and Sports for All).
MI is currently at the sixth position in the points table of IPL 2023 with seven wins, six losses, with a total of 14 points. They will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final league match on Sunday. Winning this match will be crucial to the playoff chances of the five-time champions. (ANI)

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