Rajiv Redhi is Cricket Ready!
15 Year-Old Rajiv Redhi has been steadily building a bright future in cricket – which has already taken him on tour to England as a part of the West Indies’ under 15 team. He’s a member of the Wolmer’s Boys School cricket team and the historic Melbourne Cricket Club, which bore the likes of the great Courtney Walsh and Michael Holding.
Yello had a quick rap with the bowling all-rounder and left- arm orthodox spinner, to find out his future plans and what life is like as a young cricketer.
How old were you when you first started playing cricket?
I started playing cricket at 9 years old.
What drew you to the sport (in other words, what do you love the most about it)?
I got into cricket because my mom got a football injury and had to stop playing with me. That’s when I said I needed to play cricket, as it was less strenuous for her to participate. My parents took me to all the CPL games at Sabina Park in 2012. Since then, I have enjoyed taking wickets, especially the wickets of top order batsmen.
Do you have any cricketers you look up to (living or dead)?
I do admire Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, M.S. Dhoni, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Sunil Narine and Ravindra Jadeja.
Do you have any other sports heroes in general? Why?
I look up to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce & Usain Bolt as I think they are the best at their sport and are dedicated.
Do you have any routines you go through before a match or just in training?
I particularly focus on light warm up sessions before training.
How many hours a day do you spend training?
On average, I train for 2 hours a day but it varies during the season.
What have been the major highlights and/or achievements of your young cricket career?
Making the Jamaica National Under-15 cricket team for the last 3 years (2016 – 2018), being captain of the Jamaica National Under-15 Team (2017) and being selected for the West Indies Under-15 team that toured England (2017).
What is your long-term goal within the sport (e.g. where do you see yourself in 10 years)?
My goal is to play cricket at every level for Jamaica and the West Indies. I yearn to be on the West Indies senior team and Jamaica Tallawahs team very soon.
What areas of your sport do you feel you still need to improve upon?
All aspects of the game on a continuous basis, as I’m progressing to higher levels.
What areas do you consider your greatest strengths?
Having a strong mind-set and the ability to find a good line and length quickly.
What has being part of a team sport taught you?
The fact that I am a national swimmer (individual sport) and a national cricketer (team sport), I am more excited about team sports. Team members depend on each other and you feel a sense of responsibility to give of your best at all times – irrespective of your mood. The moment I am with my cricket team, I am electrified to give my best performance.
Has there been any match moments in your career that you regret?
Every game is a learning process. We win some, we lose some but I look at the positives and what I can do to improve upon my game, or what I could have done differently and then move forward.