It is 3 pm and 5-and-a-half-year-old Shayan Jamal has just returned from school. After taking food, Shayan is to rush to a local playground where under the guidance of his father Arshad Jamal, a former club level cricketer, he is to hone his cricketing skills.
What has catapulted Shayan into a national cricketing icon at this age his batting skills in the practicing net with many coaches touting him as the next Sachin Tendulkar. Though it is too early to jump to conclusion, Shayan’s love for cricket is unparalleled of children of his age.
“I want to play for India one day, like Virat Kohli. I admire him because he is a good batsman and scores centuries,” says Shayan.
“He is a born cricketer. When 1 year 6 months old, he used to get up and watch cricket match. Looking at his dedication, I started encouraging him and bought a plastic bat and ball. The small room in my house was turned into a cricketing ground. When I used to come from work I used to play with my son. When he turned 2 years 10 months, I noticed that he started playing good shot. It was then that I realised that he should get training,” Shayan’s father Arshad, a modest businessman, who know has closed his shop to become a full time coach and guide of his son, told OT.COM.
Initially, Arshad approached several academies to get his son admitted but he was a child many didn’t take him. And it was only after this that Arshad stepped into giving his son the right training. “When he turned 3 years I gifted him cricketing kits and it was from that day that his cricketing journey began. At 4 he was selected from his school under 12. He is a batsman and fielder and in practice match his highest has been 55 runs,” a resident of Okhla Arshad OT.COM.
A fan of Virat Kohli, he hasn’t missed any IPL match last year.
Arshad showed several of his son’s photos with cricketing icons. To become a successful cricketer, Shayan follows a tight routine and hits bed early at 9 pm so as to get up early in the morning to go to school.
A student of Class I, after coming from school he watches cartoon and then at 4 pm goes to the ground to practice until 6:30 pm.
“He is not only good at cricket but also is a topper in his school. Recently he was invited in Chandigarh where he was awarded. Also, he delivered speech on his cricketing journey. His understanding of cricketing shots is something that has been praised by many coaches. My only focus is my son and hence the business has been closed.
Shayan studies in Jamia Hamdard Public School and has played in South Delhi Zonal U-14 match.