How to become a cricketer and join Indian cricket team

Is cricket your passion? Want to become a cricketer? Here is a quick guide to all your queries and a guide to join the Indian cricket team.

Though Hockey is the official national game of our country and many other games are also played at national and international levels, nothing can beat cricket. The passion for cricket can be seen among people of all ages. Children, youth, old age people, male, female, all are die hard fan of cricket. People of all states, all castes and of all lands watch cricket with full enthusiasm. Children, especially boys, start playing this game from their early childhood, even when they don't know how to handle bat.

What is the age limit to be a professional cricketer

There is no proper specified age limit for this purpose. You can start playing cricket as a professional player in your early teens. Soon you will start practising & the more you do so, the more experience you will gain. Better to play the game with proper clothing in safety gears. Dress up yourself with the polo t-shirt and white trousers. You should also buy gloves, shin guard, abdomen guard and a helmet depending on your position.

How to become a professional cricket player

Main requirement to be a professional cricketer is that you must be athletic, hardworking, energetic and aware of all terms & rules of the game. You must also be proficient in at least one of the aspects of the game, i.e. batting, bowling and fielding/ wicket keeping. You can start practising by playing the game in your school, or by joining a cricket club. A coach at the cricket club will shine your skills and bring out the best out of you. Improved performance will help you to be noticed in the local league and tournaments and you can get the opportunity to play for your district in under 13 / under 16 / under 19 team.

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By joining such teams, you can play against other teams within the same state. Good performance will help you to be selected for state teams wherein you will get the opportunity to play against other teams of other states or at national level. The only thing you have to do now is to maintain your form and practice hard.

Professional clubs also call good players to play in the leagues which are separated into categories and divisions. Players get the opportunity to play for open state teams from these clubs too. If you get selected for the state team from here, then you will get an opportunity to play state matches like Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare etc. So whenever any professional club invites applications for this purpose, you must apply. However, clubs which are having contacts with regional cricket association are better as they provide more chances to be selected for Indian cricket team.

Can I play cricket at national level if I am 20+ years old?

But what to do if you are 20+ years old? Now you can't play for even under 19 team. So if your age is more than 20 or 22 years, then you need to work really hard. You need to enrol yourself in a good local cricket club and practice so hard so that you can compensate last 10 years of your practice time. Forget days and nights, and just concentrate on your practice. If you get success in attaining the attention of upper division teams, then you can get a chance to play 1st division level. Your extraordinary performance can help you be selected for state teams or IPL teams and then for Indian cricket team. Don't lose hope and don't forget that Robin Singh and Adam Vogues had also debuted when they were 30+ years old 20+ years old.

What is the salary of a cricketer

Earnings of cricketers in Indian cricket teams are based on the basis of their categories- Grade A, Grade B and Grade C. At present, Virat Kohli, Ms Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and Murali Vijay are Grade A players while Rohit Sharma, Kl Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Jasprit Bumra and Yuvraj Singh are Grade B players. Currently, match fees for test matches is Rs. 15 lakh per annum, pay for ODI is Rs. 6 lakh and for T20 is Rs. 3 lakh. Annual retainer fee is now Rs. 2 crore per annum for Grade A players, Rs. 1 crore per annum for Grade B players and Rs. 50 lakh per annum for Grade C players.

Final word: To play as a cricketer in Indian cricket team and be another Sachin Tendulkar is a mixture of destiny, vacancies, timing, hard work, etc. So keep practising, cross your fingers and hope for the best. We also wish you good luck and hope to see you playing for our country one day.

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Author: Vandana17 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

In this article, it is stated: "...don't forget that Robin Singh and Adam Vogues had also debuted when they were 30+ years old." I think this information is incorrect. As per online sources, Robin Singh was taken on board the Indian national team in 1989 at age 26. Adam Vogues was a member of Australia's under-19 team and was in the national side in 2006 at the age of 27.

Hence it would be more appropriate to say that they were 20+ when they made their debut and not 30+.

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