Rawat brings Rajasthan Royals and India experiences to Sussex pupils

Professional sports players spend hours training and work hard every day on improving their skills and fitness to make sure they are at the top of their game. But some still find time to share their expertise with young and developing players.

Friday, 2nd July 2021, 11:00 am
Mahesh Rawat coaching youngters at Westbourne House School

Mahesh Rawat is the current overseas pro playing for Middleton CC’s first XI. A former India A and Rajahstan Royals batsman and wicket keeper, Rawat is training the juniors at Middleton on a Friday evening and is also visiting local schools to inspire and coach the children.

At Westbourne House School in Chichester he has been coaching Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7 boys and girls during games lessons.

Josh, a Year 6 pupil and Middleton player, said: “He is very positive and his knowledge is amazing. It was great to have a legend at our school.”

Year 7 pupil and Middleton player Emily added: “It was great the way he talked to us as equals and explained simple ways we can improve our game. It was also amazing to hear how his batting average was 152 and he scored over 1,000 runs in a cricket season – that is something to aim for!”

Westbourne House headmaster Martin Barker said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome Mahesh to our school.

“The children have loved him taking part in their games lessons and he has been a true cricket inspiration across the school.”

Rawat said: “It is my privilege to work in an outstanding atmosphere with such a talented bunch of players. I am really thankful to Westbourne House School and Middleton CC for giving me this opportunity and I hope others will follow. We must inspire the next generation of cricket players so more and more young people join the cricket family.”