This is what the struggle looks like- ‘Kirit Vala- A SportStar in the Making’
15th February 1994
Proudly says ‘imd1’ for
We all know the amount of love and cheers a cricketer gets in our country, but what it takes to be in that limelight? Kirit Vala’s journey is the answer. Hailing from Saurashtra Gujarat don’t underestimate this budding athlete as he has kept his eyes on the prize since the day he began. We wish him all the luck and we are sure to see him vow the stadiums very soon.
We are keen to know; how did your journey begin?
I was accustomed in playing tennis in my village. My friend who lives in Baroda was aware of cricket and insisted me to play cricket as I was talented and skilled in sports according to him, I had no idea about cricket back then, so I went to Baroda for training, since then I began playing for under 16 team and for two years I played for the under 19 team.
Do you think Cricket and its learning’s can be helpful in life even if one does not want to consider it as a career goal?
Playing cricket is very good for maintaining health and good physique.
Quote for Life
Life is all about the choices you make
Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni
Food I Love
Food I Hate
Had I not been Cricketer then…
I could have joined the Army
Like Vacations at
Favorite Past time
Cricket Gaming Apps & Video Games
Main Apna Favorite Hoon
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Alia Bhatt and Akshay Kumar
Who has been your influencer in this journey & how?
I’m influenced by Sachin Tendulkar, I used to watch his matches on TV since when I was 8-10 years old.
Which was “that” moment when you considered yourself as “I Am The 1”?
My coach, Nayan Sir trained me in Baroda and appreciated my skills, by saying that if I put more efforts then I would surely reach great heights and that was the moment I felt as “Yes, I Am The 1.”
Did you get any formal training and how was that journey?
I started formal training by joining Bal Bhavan Cricket Academy in Baroda, where I trained under Yogesh Jethani Sir, then after my selection in U-16 team, I joined Baroda Cricket Association and trained under Darshan Mulherkar Sir and Nayan Mongia Sir. Currently I’m practicing under Mahipalsinh Jethwa Sir from Dwarka team and Rohit Balla as personal coach in Mumbai.
Could you reflect on the importance of systematic training in Cricket?
Primarily, fitness is the most essential aspect in any sport. You need to do a proper warm up before practicing and for cricket we perform drills, walk, exercise bowling in a corner to prepare ourselves for the practice.
What are the pre-coaching essentials e.g. Right age, mindset or any other?
If one wants to make career in cricket, then he/she must begin from 10-12 years.
Technology and scientific training have been changing the way people get trained in Cricket. What’s your take?
Many a times our performance is recorded, and a video is made for further analysis to figure out and judge our gameplay, hence technology is viable in sports and especially in cricket for better judgements and results.
How can one select an ideal ‘Guru’ for getting formal training for Cricket?
According to my experience, we don’t get to choose a Guru or Coach of our choice as of nowadays, there are Level 1, Level 2 exams held by BCCI which we must have to clear to get certificates and receive advanced training under a Coach. It wasn’t like this earlier, even a Ranji trophy player would get into BCCI and train under anyone but now one must appear for the exam to train under a coach.
What according to you, can be a scope for improvement in training for Cricket in India?
There must be some better facilities provided by the clubs or associations, like how the international players get professional gears and cricket bowling machine for net batting practices but we practice manually as we don’t have that much resources and cannot afford them, and this eventually becomes an obstacle. But I must say that cricket in India is evolving day by day due to the craze of IPL.
Your piece of advice to parents and new generation especially when some people are skeptical about career in extra curriculum.
Along with the studies, sports must be a part of the curriculum, with this, one would be fit and healthy and this would eventually help a person to perform well in the academics. Both the things should be managed equally. If someone is only interested in studies, then he/she should invest some of their time in sports and vice versa.
One thing which you feel you want to change from the past while you walk down memory lane…
Earlier when I began, it took me 5 hours to practice but I have reduced the practice sessions to 2 and a half hours only for a quality practice.
Any other thoughts you want to share?
I just want to say that cricket is a very serious sport, one must put a lot of efforts in it to be a skilled player. One more thing is, like how cricket is praised and celebrated triumphantly in our nation, in the similar manner, other mainstream sports like Hockey, Football, Basketball, Boxing, etc. should be acknowledged to encourage all the sportspersons for emerging victorious globally and make us proud.