Dreamcricket in the Media
West Indies off-spin bowling legend, Lance Gibbs, stopped by DreamCricket Academy on Saturday April 24th.
His visit was organized by DreamCricket Academy Coaches Earl Daley and Malika Frank Daley and coincided with the first phase of DreamCricket Academy’s selection trials for the U-13 team. The boys were keen to impress the great off-spinner who averaged a miserly 1.99 runs per over during his entire Test career and had 18 five-wicket hauls in his 79 test career!
The 75 year old and extremely fit Mr. Gibbs, who was known as the “electrified tarantula” during his time on the circuit, bowled a bit in the nets - managing to turn the ball as if by remote control!
Back in the day, the man was simply unplayable! Ask the Indians - he once bowled a 15.3 over spell against India in which 14 were maidens and he took 8 wickets for 6 runs!
Pic (Right): Mr. Gibbs poses for a photo with the boys of DreamCricket Academy
“Conserve your energy,” he urged the youngsters when he saw an erratic delivery. Every ball they bowl poorly not only resulted in extra runs, it was energy expended needlessly in the run-up and on the field, energy that the bowler might need at later stages.
Watching a lankier and younger version of himself bowl on screen as footage from ‘Cricket - The 60’s’ DVD played on the DreamCricket's plasma screen, he joked, “That's out! What's that umpire doing? Is he appealing?”
"There is no substitute for hard work and patience," Mr. Gibbs said. He said that he always was the first to show up for practice and last to leave. A discipline that his younger cousin Clive Lloyd remembered in a recent speech. “I used to sit atop a tree as I watched my cousin Lance play his cricket and think - I want to play for Guyana one day,” the Big Cat told the ICC Centenary History conference.
His message to the bowlers was that even if you are not a batsman, you have to put a premium on the wicket. Mr. Gibbs reminded the boys that no matter what position they played, they would find themselves in situations where the match hinged on their performance with the bat.
At the end of the two hour session, Mr. Gibbs left the boys with great memories after signing autographs and posing for pictures. "It is our great pleasure to have a legend of our times and the first spin bowler to have crossed 300 test wickets in our midst," Ms. Kranthi Bayya, CEO of DreamCricket.com said in a brief thank you speech. "The Academy's cricketers are blessed to have some of the greatest cricketers of our times visit and spend time with them - we have had Chetan Chauhan, Sunil Gavaskar, Ballu Sandhu and now Mr. Gibbs."
Saturday was a double bonanza for students of DreamCricket Academy because two other guests visited the Academy on the day. Suresh Menon and Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, both well known cricket writers and columnists, also stopped by to watch the selection process. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan remembered that Mr. Gibbs had the most "massive palms" and blisters from years of spin bowling, something he wrote about in an article for CricInfo in 2006.
As reported in Indian Express.
Twenty20 cricket is the fastest growing new sport in the United States. And Indians, including some from Bangalore, are behind it. As reported in the Bangalore Mirror.
As reported in Sportz Power, Mumbai.
Cricket Club - a non profit organization with a mission to promote cricket in
Edison & beyond and Dreamcricket.com - the one stop destination for cricket coaching, commerce and content have partnered to take the game to the kids by launching
a summer camp for the youth in Edison Township.
the start in 2003, Edison Cricket Club has been surging ahead with various
initiatives like the T20 Community Cricket Match
and the Emirates Annual Awards show that the club conducts every year
where high profile community leaders are
honored and inducted into Edison Cricket Club's advisory board.
New Jersey based Dreamcricket.com, already has
a highly successful Cricket Academy for all age groups. Dreamcricket
Academy was visited by legendary batsman Sunil M
Gavaskar and more recently by Balwinder Singh Sandhu. Its coaching
staff include Earl Daley, Malika Frank and Gokul Chakravarthy and a host of visiting
coaches such as Ian Pont, Bharath Kumar and Linden
Fraser. In order to improve cricket infrastructure and to aid cricket development in USA, Dreamcricket.com has been partnering with like-minded organizations such as the Edison Cricket Club for the last couple of years.
Speaking on the occasion, Kranthi Bayya, CEO of Dreamcricket.com said, "Our Dreamcricket Academy has been extremely successful with introducing cricket to youth over the last two years operating from our facility in Hillsborough. Through collaborative initiatives such as the Edison Summer Camp, we are now taking our coaching program directly to communities where cricket is making inroads. In cricket terms, this is a perfect partnership".
Atul Huckoo, President of Edison Cricket Club, echoed her comments adding, "We are excited to get involved and to keep the spirit of cricket alive in the future generation. This helps us connect with the community at large. We believe the sport of cricket builds children of great character and discipline."
The DIRECTV Summer Coaching Camp is a 14 week program starting May 30th. DIRECTV’s
which is title sponsor of this coaching camp has launched CricketTicket which
includes live broadcasts of all IPL, ICC, Champions league and many other
tournaments in 100% digital picture and sound allowing cricket fans to enjoy
watching the matches with nostalgia while sharing the fun with friends, friends
Western Union is proud to sponsor the camp which will help train youth in various skills including discipline, teamwork and good health habits, while pursuing their passion for cricket. Western Union is delighted to support the community as players on each team pursue the Championship to win the Western Union Cup.
Indus American Bank, is a wholly owned subsidiary of IA Bancorp, Inc, founded
in 2004 by local businessmen and community leaders to provide superior
financial products and services to its local community. It is also the official
bank of Edison Cricket Club and has supported Edison Cricket Club in their
early venture of T20 Community Cricket Match in 2008.Headquartered in Iselin,
New Jersey, Indus American Bank operates full service branches in New Jersey
and New York. Indus American Bank has been founded specifically to serve the
needs of the South Asians, one of the fastest growing segments of the Asian
ethnic group over the coming decade. Presently, Indus American Bank serves both
the business as well as the retail customer.
- League level outdoor pitch
- Indoor net practice every third week
- Video analysis
- Play actual matches against rival teams
- Drills to improve Mental and Physical sharpness
- ICC, WICB, ECB methodologies of coaching
- Mental strength and conditioning
Schedule and Fees:
- Days: Saturday
- Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Duration: June, July, August (choose any or all months)
- Venue: Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 450 Division Street, Edison NJ 08817 and Dreamcricket Academy, 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Unit 16, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
- Cost: $100/month
- Registration: starts from May 30th - June 7th, 2009
For further information, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-HIT-A-SIX
Batting legend, Sunil Gavaskar, visited DreamCricket Academy in NJ and spent quality time with the junior cricketers there. In a short and inspiring speech, Gavaskar reinforced the importance of the sport saying "Participating in sports is the biggest high you can get. It is the reflection of the society you are in". Edison Mayor, Jun H. Choi welcomed Gavaskar to the township of Edison while expressing his belief in "the great power of sport to bring people together".
Gavaskar, regarded as the greatest opening batsmen of all time, held many world careers during his career, including that of most test runs (10,122) and most centuries (32). The latter record stood for some two decades before it was broken by his protege, Sachin Tendulkar, in 2005. Gavaskar, who was a panel speaker at the Wharton India Economic Forum, 2009, stopped in New Jersey on his way back to India to catch up with friends in the region. Following a visit to junior cricketers at DreamCricket Academy, a cricket training facility in New Jersey, Gavaskar stopped at Edison.
He said that he was very impressed with New Jersey's junior cricketers and noted that the next step in the development of cricket in Edison would be to introduce good quality grounds in the area. When DreamCricket.com requested the Little Master to visit the DreamCricket Academy, Gavaskar immediately agreed despite his hectic schedule and connected with the kids instantly. Noticing the hands go up reluctantly when he asked who the DreamCricket Academy's opening batsmen were, he joked, "I don't blame you. You have to be crazy to be openers!".
The young players were not old enough to have seen the Little Master in action during his playing days, but they were awestruck when they were introduced to someone considered India's best ever opening batsmen. Gavasker gave a short and inspiring speech saying "Remember that, above all, this is a sport. You have to enjoy sports. Participating in sports is the biggest high that you can have. It's a reflection of the society that you are in. Sometimes, the better batsmen looks after the lesser batsmen, the better bowler looks after the lesser bowler."
Asked whether American-born cricketers had a chance to play cricket at the highest level, Gavasker said, "I think that with effort comes better performance. When you perform, you get noticed. And higher honors await you. Throughout the process, enjoy the sport and get the thrill of participation."
Gavasker spent an hour in the nets with the children as they got a chance to bowl to the legend. He then watched some of the kids practice their batting. Edison Cricket Club president and Gavasker's host in Edison, Atul Huckoo noted that Edison could become the regional center for international cricket.
The success of the inaugral NuWare NJ Twenty20 tournament has led many experts to believe that it is only a matter of time before Americans embrace Twenty20 cricket in a big way! The entertainment filled extravaganza was lapped up by throngs of spectators in New Windsor, NJ. Over 1,000,000 kept track of the matches through DreamCricket's live text feed on the tournament website NJT20.com while thousands followed the proceedings live on EBC 1170 AM.
As reported in Sakshi, a Telugu newspaper.
DreamCricket.com recently organized the fast-paced and entertaining NuWare New Jersey Twenty20 cricket tournament in New Windsor, NJ. The milestone event attracted top regional and national level players to showcase their talent. NuWare, Citibank, Reebok, SmithBarney were some of the tournament sponsors, which had a prize purse valued at $10,000 including a $5,000 cash prize for the winner.
The Department of Education, New York, inaugrated cricket as its newest
league sport with about 600 high school students playing on 14 teams in
a 12-game season. New York is currently the only public school in the
country to offer competitive cricket. The most plausible explanation
for this move looks to be the growing South Asian presence in the US.
And this cricket-loving diaspora is served by none other than
DreamCricket's all in one Pavilion Shop, Academy, Indoor Nets, and
DreamCricket.com was featured in a book called "Corridors of Uncertainty." A rare privilege accorded to very few cricket companies out there.
The book opens with a quote by DreamCricket founder and then devotes a section on the subject of America to DreamCricket and the passion of its founders. We are grateful for this attention and share the hope of the author, Boria Majumdar, that cricket really takes off in USA.
SPAN magazine's Sebastian John visited Dreamcricket Pavilion indoor cages and Pro Shop in Hillsborough during December of 2007. The indoor cages were part of an extensive article about the Indian community in Edison.
Edison, New Jersey: An Indian
From indoor cricket to a Hindu temple, pan shops, dosa and biryani stalls, and
saris in the store windows, this eastern U.S. suburban area could be an Indian
Driving down Oak Tree Road in Edison, New Jersey, is like
going through Lajpat Nagar market in New Delhi-albeit with some key differences.
Chock-a-block with sari showrooms, grocery stores selling curry pata,
and Bollywood music shops...even the mannequins have the same plastic hair.
Though the streets are crowded in the early evenings, they are not, however,
packed with people jostling for a spot to examine street vendors' wares. Also,
parking spots are plentiful, and there are only a few blasts from car horns.
This is "Little India," and like the Chinatowns and Little Italys that
came before it, it is the expression of an immigrant culture that is finally
establishing itself in the melting pot of America. According to the 2000 U.S.
Census, Edison's population of about a 100,000 was 17.5 percent Indian American.
That is the highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and
growing. Edison's mayor, Jun Choi, estimates that Indians and Indian Americans
now make up one-third of the city.
It has come a long way from the small
grocery store and video shop outpost that residents remember from the 1980s. Now
the Indian section of Oak Tree Road stretches for about three kilometers and
boasts a designer clothing mall with brands like Ritu Beri's. Patrons of all
races and skin colors shop for bangles and halal meat.
40-minute train ride to New York City from the Edison Metro Center station is
the biggest reason for the Indian diaspora in Edison. With cheaper home prices
and the added bonus of backyards, Indians working in New York flocked to the
town throughout the 1990s and the last decade.
are flourishing, and not just the dosa and chicken tikka restaurants.
You can buy cricket bats, learn Bollywood dancing and try on wedding saris
within a 48-kilometer radius. Big Indian companies like Infosys, Birlasoft and
Ranbaxy have offices in the area, a sign of prosperity that is not immediately
apparent on Oak Tree Road.
Pradip Kothari, owner of a travel agency and
an activist for the Indian community, helped see it through the worst times in
the early 1990s, when local prejudices against proliferating Indian American
businesses led to his brand new agency office being burned by vandals. Other
businesses were destroyed, too, and the community was afraid. Kothari knew that
something must be done. "We come in this country like everyone else and want to
have the American dream," says Kothari, 61, who arrived in the United States in
1970 and had just moved to Edison at the time the trouble started. First, he
helped to get the businesses together and set up a night watch program, which
became so strong they started chasing some vandals down so they could be
arrested. The community also brought their grievances to the courts and
established a successful Navaratri festival for the Gujarati population,
attracting thousands of attendees each year.
Though Kothari acknowledges
that some tensions remain, he believes the local community has largely embraced
the Indians. For instance, Dr. Sudanshu Prasad, an Indian American physician, is
a township council member, and Kaizen Technologies, an Indian American-owned
firm with offices in both countries, was just named business of the year by the
Edison Chamber of Commerce.
"The Indian community has brought in a
wealth of diversity to the township of Edison," says Mayor Choi. "The community
has several prominent doctors...as well as a large number of professionals in
the information technology and finance industries. The increased global trade
between our country and India has been partly responsible for the rapid growth
of the Indian community in Edison. It will continue to bring more
technology-based business to Edison and, consequently, enrich our economy as
Kumar Balani publishes Biz India magazine, based in
nearby East Brunswick, which details success stories of Indian business people
in the United States and dishes out investment advice. When pitching to
advertisers, Balani has a powerful set of figures behind him. First, he says
that the Indian population in New Jersey grew from 170,000 in 2000 to about
270,000 in 2007, according to his research. Also, according to the Indian
American Center for Political Awareness, almost 40 percent of all Indians in the
United States have a master's, doctorate or other professional degree (five
times the national average) and a 2003 study by Merrill Lynch found that one in
every 26 Indians in the United States is a millionaire. When he relates these
figures to non-Indian advertisers, Balani says that 99 percent of them respond,
"'Wow! Really?' So we ask them, 'Is this a market you want to get into?'" His
business is growing as more advertisers answer "yes"-from 5,000 copies in the
paper's first run in 2002 to 30,000 now.
Other businesses are growing as
well. Mahendra Bohra, 31, is a co-founder of Dreamcricket, which is expanding
its Brown and Willis cricket gear brand. It's a long way from when he made his
own Web site, dreamcricket.com, as a
hobby when he graduated in 2000 from Syracuse University in New York state.
Taking inspiration from the American pastime of fantasy football-in which fans
create their own "team" of players from actual football teams and compete on
line based on those players' real-life performances during games-he created a
fantasy cricket game. Soon, however, he and his friends realized they could turn
this passion into something more.
Now, New Jersey residents can play
cricket year-round in the indoor cricket pitch at the store Bohra and his pals
set up in Hillsborough, near Edison. It features $8,000 worth of automatic
pitching machines with 25 variations of speed and movement. In addition to
running cricket news and the on-line game, Dreamcricket also sells DVDs of World
Cups and other famous matches. Bohra, who came from Bombay to attend university
in the United States in the 1990s, lives in Princeton, New Jersey, from where he
helps run the business. Cricket products are sold on line and out of stores in
New Jersey and Fremont, California. Though Bohra and most of his friends in the
company still have their day jobs (he works for a technology firm), he believes
Dreamcricket will turn into a full-time commitment as America gets more familiar
with cricket as a sport.
Atul Huckoo has similar hopes for the Edison
Cricket Club, which made it to the statewide cricket play-offs in 2007. A
Kashmiri who lived in the United States as a child and returned in 1999 after
other stops around the world, Huckoo, 47, directs advertising sales for a
syndicated television network, Imaginasian TV, which has programming from India,
China and South Korea. Though he used to play cricket, he now spends his spare
time managing the club and has roped in sponsors such as Emirates Airlines,
which provides general funding, and Kingfisher, which provides free beer. "We
either celebrate with chilled beer or drown our sorrows in it," he says,
The cricket league for the entire state of New Jersey started
in 1994 with 32 teams and has grown to 44. With sponsors, Huckoo has attracted
better players, and with support from the city authorities, he has access to a
general purpose field large enough to play the game properly, instead of the
baseball fields used earlier.
With so many South Asians around, interest
in cricket is high and Edison has movie theaters that show India-Pakistan
matches. Huckoo realizes it is a challenge to get average Americans interested
in the game. Though they don't usually watch the matches, non-Indians do walk
past when a game is on, stop to look and ask questions. Huckoo tries his best to
answer, he says, but, "It's difficult for Americans to grasp how six to seven
hours are dedicated to the game." The shorter Twenty20 form would bring wider
popularity, he thinks.
Volunteers of the Edison Swaminarayan temple in
nearby Iselin are also familiar with answering lots of questions. Neighbors ask
about Hinduism during the annual fundraiser for local hospitals and during the
Diwali feast, when temple members invite their non-Hindu friends. The
fundraiser, in which volunteers pledge to walk a certain distance in exchange
for donations, "allows us and the community to explore one another and
understand one another," says Siddharth Dubal, a second-generation Indian
American and a lawyer.
Another second-generation Indian American,
college freshman Vinay Limbachia, answers questions about reincarnation in his
role as a leader in the Hindu Student Council at nearby Rutgers University.
"There are some misconceptions, but they are few and far between," he says. He
recently organized a discussion of monotheism versus polytheism on campus.
Limbachia started attending the temple's religious and Gujarati language classes
in his early teens. "I became a more aware individual. I felt like I was part of
something bigger," he says. "I'm proud to say I can at least write my name [in
Gujarati] now." Limbachia sees more second- and third-generation Indian
Americans becoming involved in the temple, and he's always pushing for more
members of his student organization. One of his biggest dreams is to return to
India; but first, he's got to brush up on his Gujarati. Sebastian John is an
Indian writer and photographer based in Washington, D.C.
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Edison is an
83-square-kilometer township famous as the site of inventor Thomas Alva Edison's
laboratory, where he developed the incandescent light bulb and made the first
sound recording. The town's Web site (http://www.edisonnj.org/) boasts that its
"high achieving public schools, central location, vibrant business environment
and diverse community make Edison a great place to live, work and raise a
family." Edison has three libraries and 17 schools for fewer than 14,000
students. Parks are a big thing. The town has 25 of them, and a "Find the
Perfect Park" page on the municipal Web site.
New Jersey was
one of the original 13 American states, and one of its residents, Francis
Hopkinson, designed the first U.S. flag, with 13 stars and stripes. The state is
the home of Princeton and Rutgers universities, the Newark International
Airport, and the entertainment center of Atlantic
|LITTLE INDIAS IN AMERICA
Other "Little Indias" are in these U.S. cities: Jersey City,
New Jersey; Jackson Heights in New York City, New York; in Berkeley, near San
Francisco, and Artesia, south of Los Angeles, in California; along Devon Avenue
in Chicago, Illinois, and in Houston, Texas.
This article first appeared in US Embassy's SPAN Magazine. Jan-Feb 2008 edition.
On Monday, September 24, 2007, on the morning of the Twenty20 World Cup, and just 3 days after the inauguration of the flagship store of the Dreamcricket Pavilion in Hillsborough, all Gannett newspapers across New Jersey and New York, including Courier News and Ithaca Journal wrote about cricket's growth in the state and how Dreamcricket is serving the sport in the country. The article featured Kranthi Bayya showing off some bats.
Here is a screen grab from the Courier News website main page and the article itself.
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