Tauranga’s Jassi Singh, 15, has spent one third of his life playing cricket. He is also one of 16 young New Zealand cricketers heading to India in April.
Former Black Cap Jacob Oram is taking the group of cricketers, aged 15-20, to India for a development cricket tour from April 15 – 28.
Known as the KiwiCaps, the tour team will experience specialist coaching sessions, matches on prominent Indian cricket grounds, playing experience in spin-friendly conditions, visits to academies operated by former Indian greats such as Dilip Vengsarkar, and interaction with other past Indian players such as Madan Lal.
And, of course, there will be plenty of sightseeing opportunities at some of India’s iconic tourist attractions.
Jassi, a student at Tauranga Boys’ College is looking forward to this exciting cricket opportunity.
He is the only member of the group joining the KiwiCaps from the Bay of Plenty.
“I put my name down for this development tour,” says Jassi, who has been playing cricket for about five years since first playing at Otumoetai Intermediate.
“We’ll be led by a former Black Cap and go experience the different playing conditions in India.”
The KiwiCaps will visit Mumbai and Delhi during the two-week trip. Each student has paid their own way, including the cost of attending a March weekend training camp in Palmerston North.
During the New Zealand v England game at the Bay Oval in early March, Jassi met some of the Black Caps, including one of his cricket heroes, Kane Williamson.
Former New Zealand international cricketer Jacob Oram has played all forms of the game for 10 years. A left-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler, he is a veteran of 229 internationals. The all-rounder has coached many of New Zealand’s elite female cricketers since retiring as a player, and has recently signed on as the White Ferns bowling coach until midway through 2019.
Also focusing on being an all-rounder, Jassi is looking forward to the KiwiCaps trip.
“I’d like to go as far as I can with cricket,” says Jassi. “Going to India with the team gives me different conditions to play in, helps me get better, and gives me more experience in certain aspects of cricket which can come handy when playing back in New Zealand.”