Khizar Dafedar,a trainee at the Dilip Vengsarkar Cricket Academy at the Oval maidan,Churchgate,has just returned from the UK,where his performances both on the field and in the classroom have impressed many. On the field he scored 348 runs for the school first Xl in 9 limited overs matches.
Dafedar was brought to the UK by Dr Samir Pathak,a surgeon and former cricketer,and John Wilson,a teacher at Cheadle Hulme School at the recommendation of former Indian Captain and legend Dilip Vengsarkar. This unique scheme,initiated by Pathak and Wilson,looks to improve the young players skills in unfamiliar conditions whilst also ensuring cultural and life experiences which should help the cricketers broaden their outlook in years to come.
Following on from his school success,he played in a charity match for a select Yorkshire Xl v a Lashings World XI,featuring legends such as Gordon Greenidge,Courtney Walsh,Wasim Jaffer,Inzamam ul-Haq,and Saqlain Mushtaq. Khizar outshone all to take the man of the match award with a well-made half-century.
The Lashings world Xl versus Yorkshire Charity Xl was organised by Dr Samir Pathak to raise funds for this innovative scheme,in order to ensure the continuity of cricket exchanges of young cricketers of excellence between the UK and India.
John Wilson noted it was fantastic to see Khizar having a hugely positive effect on all who came into contact with him. He was always willing to try new learning experiences; inside and outside the classroom and all spoke highly of him. He was a deserving recipient of Full Colours for cricket in the final School assembly an award which was greeted with rapturous applause and a standing ovation from the whole School; staff and pupils. Khizar made a massive impression during his short spell as a pupil of Cheadle Hulme School.
Dilip Vengsarkar said,”It’s terrific to have such a scheme in place and it definitely benefits young cricketers. Most of the young cricketers from Mumbai come from humble background and as such touring England as a student and as a cricketer gives them a lot of exposure and confidence which help them in their career ahead.”