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Date: 20 Apr 2016   Posted By: kshitiz patil     Group: Sports    Category: Cricket   

I am playing cricket since my childhood from the age of 9. I have represented many college level matches and my performance has been good. Shall I continue playing cricket since now I am 23? Will my age matter in my career?
Awaiting advice.

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Author: Kailash Kumar    26 Apr 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

As a amateur cricketer the author can continue to play, but playing as a professional cricketer at national or international level like Dhoni or Virat Kohli may not be possible by starting to think about it after reaching the age of 23 years. There is stiff competition in the field and there is rigorous process of selection beginning at local club. Still the author can contact the local club for further guidance and try his luck. As a matter of fact the energy starts receding after reaching certain age. By the time one reaches the author's age he should have started playing at least at national level. In my opinion the author should continue to play cricket , but at the same time explore other options also as a means of livelihood. He should start earning to support himself and existing family and family to be acquired in future.

Author: Pawan Kumar    26 Apr 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Yes it is definitely possible. If you are so passionate & want it so badly, then i'm pretty sure you can do it. To have a career in cricket you need to be athletic and hard working. You will need to join a club in your area. Practice regularly and prove yourself in net practices. With very hard practice and good performance you can go for city selection to be in the regional team. If your performance is good and you stand out in district tournaments, then you can get selected for Ranji trophy matches . If your performance is outstanding then you would get a chance in the Indian national cricket team . This all process might take time so keep calm and keep enjoying the game.

Author: jenny    27 Apr 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Yes, you can be a cricketer. You should be disciplined and dedicated to scale the ladder of success in the field of cricket.. You should also be responsible to take care of your needs and your family requirements. If you have a career apart from playing cricket you need to balance both. Playing cricket requires time management, regular practice, hard work, maintaining good health etc. Look from all the angles, what is best and decide. Wishing you the best.

Author: Mahesh    01 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Cricket can be a good career provided that you perform. Some of the times your performance may not come out as expected. In such case your career may go down eventually.

In such case it is better to have a backup career plan. You'd find that career can be harder to manage if you don't perform consistently. You should be more focused about the education too.

So that you can do 2 careers in your life. If cricket works out then you can focus completely on it. If the job and other money making opportunities work out then that can be another career. Make sure you setup business if you wish to focus seriously on cricket because business can be set up and ran with the help of others. And if cricket career doesn't take off you have something to fall back onto.

Many people make career off cricket, but it takes timing, luck and hard work. Not everybody can get into national team so you have to be realistic too.

Author: Bipin Peter    11 May 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 1  (Rs 1)    Voting Score: 0


I am not disappointing you, but the fact is that a large number of players are playing cricket in India.But only few will be selected to international team.So by reading articles about cricket in India, I could understand that apart from your talent there are other factors also required to become a national player.We know that many talented players are not getting chance in national team. So suggesting that your ambition is to become a great cricketer and if you have talent for the same, then you can move ahead on that. Now these days, the tournaments like IPL will help young cricketers to show their talent

Author: Ajay Vikram Singh    24 Sep 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 7  (Rs 7)    Voting Score: 0

Hi Kshitiz

Cricket can be a great profession. There are so many ways to earn money through cricket. Here I am going to list a few of them.

1- At 23, you are not too old and if you have played some club and school cricket, simply attend every trial in your city and around. You might be picked up by your district team for senior district championships. If you did well there, you might end up playing Ranji Trophy. Although it's not as easy as it sounds because you will have to be 30% better than the second best player everywhere.

2-In the case you are willing to earn some money right away from cricket, attend trials organized by various private companies like Magpie sports, Cricket Council of India and Indian T-20 Cricket federation. If you did well for them, they will invite you for their tournaments (Some of them are telecasted live) and will pay good amount for it.

3-Do you have some basic knowledge of cricket? If yes, then you can open your private cricket academy. Make a strong team, participate in tournaments. Some private tournaments these days have winners prize money as much as 5 lacks. Young kids these days love to play cricket and if you have an academy, just 3-4 hours of work can fetch you 10-15 thousands per month.

4- Apply for BCCI's different level of coaching exams. If you passed the exams, you will be hired by cricket academies as coach. You might fetch a job as district coach or even higher. If you are willing to travel abroad, you can earn upto 1 lack per month by coaching clubs in Australia or England. You can organize cricket clinics across globe as well.

5-Play cricket as overseas player. This could be a tough job but if you somehow managed your first contract and you have some great potential, you can earn more than what an average engineer earns in India by just playing A grade club cricket in countries like Australia and England.

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