14 year old Manav Shah has been playing cricket since he was 7 years old. He got inspired to play cricket by watching Mitchell Starc bowl in Sydney Cricket Ground. He is a fast left hand pace bowler and does bat well too.
Manav goes to Endeavour Sports high school, a sport’s selective school for cricket program in Sydney. He also plays under 16 Green Shield for St George area in Sydney. He’s highly motivated and self driven when it comes to his his cricket training and fitness.
He told The Australia Today
“I started pursuing cricket because of a game my parents took me to. It was the first cricket game I had watched in my life. I immediately fell in love with it, especially with Australia’s fast left handed (just like me) opening bowler Mitchell Starc, he has forever been my favourite cricketer.”
“My goal in cricket is to work my way up with determination, skill and hardwork, eventually representing my country in all formats of cricket.”
Manav is not the only one who has picked up the sport in the family. Manav’s sister Anika has also started playing cricket. The 11 year old has been playing cricket for the last two years.
She plays mixed cricket with girls and boys on Saturday morning and girls only on Saturday afternoons. She plays representative Cricket for Sutherland/ St George on Sunday mornings. Anika was recently selected for the Sydney East Team for girls cricket state competition.
Anika told The Australia Today,
“I watched my brother play cricket and I enjoyed watching him play. He’s been my inspiration. My goal is to play cricket at the highest level. My favourite women cricketer is Ellyse Perry.”