Will Mumbai Initiative take Cricket Back to its Former Glory?

Wankhede Stadium MumbaiFor quite some time, when cricketers and fans thought Mumbai, they thought of a city where cricket was at its best. In the past few years, cricket has declined somewhat in Mumbai, much to the disappointment of those from the city.

Dilip Vengsarkar, the ex-chief selector and former India skipper, has commented on the decline in the standard of cricket in Mumbai, and instead of just complaining, he has decided to be part of the solution.  

Vengsarkar has explained that what is needed to bring Mumbai back to the top is an overhaul of coaching, and he has plans to introduce advanced coaching in order to help Mumbai cricketers get out of the rut that they are in, and climb back up to the top.

In order to get to this point, Excellence in Cricket (EIC), the new initiative of which Vengsarkar is the brand ambassador, has been launched. This initiative should fit in well with the BCCI’s plans to promote excellence in cricket in India.

Vengsarkar said: “What is required in Mumbai is advanced coaching. IPL has started the mushroom growth of coaches. I don’t know whether they give the right kind of input to the young cricketers.”

“Mumbai cricket has fallen a great deal over the last 2 – 4 year. Under Ajit Wadekar, Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy for 16 straight years. I hope those days come back. We have to revive it.”

He further explained that the new advanced coaching centre would be helpful because there would be a number of former cricketers that are also very good coaches. At this time, there are a number of former cricketers who will be coaches at the EIC.

The coaches are: Erapalli Prasanna, Bishen Singh Bedi, Balwinder Sandhu, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Shishir Hattangadi, Murali Karthik, Paras Mhambrey, Dodda Ganesh, Salil Ankola, Sanjay Bangar, Baghuram Bhatt, Amol Muzumdar, Abey Kuruvilla, Zubin Bharucha, David Johnson, and S Sridharan.

Along with the extensive list of coaches, there is also a plan to ensure that there will be individual talks between trainees and current cricket players such as Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, and Ajinkya Rahane.

There has been an announcement that the Mumbai cricket academy would be set up at Payyade Sports Club in Borivli, with the first phased beginning in about four months. The cricket academy in Pune is also being set up and will be at the PYC Gymkhana.

Cricket in India has many challenges but the IPL has certainly proven to be extremely popular if not profitable for the moment.


[1]  excellenceincricket.com, 2015