U13s Mumbai Player Diary: Rohan Fernando
Rohan Fernando, who plays for Clifton CC, is 13 years old and attends Holmes Chapel School. He is a Right Hand Bat and Right Arm Fast Bowler taking over 50 wickets playing for Lancashire Cricket since the age of 10. He is currently the Captain of Lancashire U13’s and updates us from their tour of Mumbai.
Having only just arrived after a long flight from Manchester, it felt good to be out in the sun training with the team at the Air India Sports Club where we were put through our paces by Dave Leighton and the rest of the coaching team. The session allowed us to bat and bowl against local players. Their ability to spin the ball was impressive and it clearly prepared us very well for the opening game.
I felt both excited and immensely proud to lead the team against a tough Parsee Gymkhana CC side.
The hot temperatures made the conditions challenging and when I opened the bowling, I noticed quickly that the pace of the pitch was something that I had never experienced before.
The opposition were strong and the game provided a valuable insight into how the players in India go about their cricket. As expected, they are very competitive and skilful. Their batsmen were extremely competent dealing with any balls which were delivered off length or outside of the the line.
As a bowler, they certainly made me think more about what I should be doing to get a wicket and they never gave any chances away. They played everything along the floor and scored quickly, which put pressure on me as a bowler and a Captain. Learning where to bowl, the speed of the outfield and how to adapt to the conditions was an invaluable experience for us all.
I am thoroughly enjoying the tour, and in particular, learning about the culture of India and the people, who are so friendly and warm. I feel lucky to be out here working with a great bunch of players and staff. Everyone is playing as a team and we are all helping each other along. A big bonus for us is knowing that members of the First Team squad are here, and we are being made to feel part of the whole group. Watching them train and being around them is fantastic. They are great role models.
I am looking forward to the training sessions, and the games ahead, and it will be interesting to see how the other teams we play approach the games. Overall, Mumbai is proving to be a great experience both on and off the pitch for everyone involved.