My name is Sidhant Malhotra and I am currently 18 years old and a student of grade XII at The Shri Ram School Aravali in Gurgaon. I take keen interest in various activities like Cricket, MUN’s and theatre. I like to socialise and connect with all age groups of people and love to chat on various topics.
I pursue cricket as a sport and have been taking professional coaching for the same over the last few years. My cricketing aptitude was first seen by Indian Cricket Players, Ajay Jadeja and Ashish Nehra, who felt I had the aptitude to pursue Cricket as a career if I took the right training. That’s when my interest turned into my passion and my passion has now become a much sought after dream!
Though I started to practice the game in school, I was recently given an opportunity to practice and play with the Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Team in Greater Noida by their coach Sandeep Sharma. An integral part of the Himachal Pradesh and Punjab teams from 1994-2007, Sandeep Sharma is one of the most respected cricketers on the domestic circuit.
Often referred to as “The Legend of Himachal”, Sandeep Sharma has successfully captained and epitomized his name for winning the “Ranji Trophy” for the first time ever. Sandeep saw immense potential in my bowling abilities and feels I will be a great asset to any cricket team by way of the skills I have shown in left arm wrist spin (Chinaman) bowling which is currently very rare in the Indian cricketing scenario.
While I haven’t been practicing professional cricket for very long, I was able to match up with the training regime of a State level cricket team and keep up with players across batting, bowling and fielding techniques because of my sheer passion and aptitude for the game and the hours I spend practicing both in school and at home. I was invited by the coach to join Yuvraj Singh’s Centre of Excellence (YSCE) for specialized coaching for the next couple of years as they saw the capability in a unique bowling technique (Chinaman/ Unorthodox Leg spin) that I have developed and my mentors would like me to get further skilled on.
After training with YSCE for around two years I have now moved on in my training regime and joined The Vijay Dahiya cricket academy at the Modern school in Vasant Vihar. Like Sandeep Sharma, Mr. Vijay Dahiya wears several hats and has been a respected member of the Indian Cricketing fraternity.
Before finding my knack in the cricket field, I was a keen athlete at school and had made a name for myself in the 100 and 200 meters race, but as my passion for cricket started increasing year on year, the running for track and field gave way to picking up runs on the pitch 😊 although I still do participate in my sports day every year to support my house.
On a personal note, I love to dwell into my culinary side and love both curating and sampling diverse cuisines. My love for food goes beyond just tasting around and eating everything that’s on my plate to also playing with different ingredients and creating unique dishes. It seems like this hobby is here to stay as it drags me often enough into my kitchen and those who’ve sampled my food seem to like it!