Cricket and Culture

In the first three weeks of the Trinity term, Wells was delighted to welcome and host talented young cricketer, 14 year old Sahil, who plays for the Under 14 Mumbai team, and has been named as one of the most promising under-14 cricketers in India.

Sahil was selected by Cricket Beyond Boundaries, a global sports initiative that uses cricket as a vehicle to transform lives and provide opportunities to young India crickets to travel to the UK to spend time in leading schools and develop their cricket. Sahil is one of only 20 young cricketers to have been selected for this initiative since its inception in 2011.

Sahil, an incredibly talented batsman was welcomed into De Salis by the Wells pupils during his stay, where he was immersed in a bespoke programme of cricket coaching, strength and conditioning training, sports psychology and matches for the First XI Cricket team, as well as time spent working on his English and an introduction to British culture. The Wells boys embraced the opportunity to introduce Sahil to life in Somerset, including several meals out at the local Indian, Rajah!

Sahil played for the First XI Cricket team extensively during Cricket Week, opening the batting and scoring an excellent 100 against the MCC in the inaugural fixture of the celebratory week.

Director of sport, Tom Webley, a former Somerset County Cricketer and ECB Level 4 Coach, said, “It has been a pleasure and a privilege for us to welcome Sahil to Wells during the summer term. He is an outstanding batsman and real team player, and it has been heart-warming to witness the way in which the Wells boys have embraced his arrival and integrated him with such ease into the team.

“It has been great for us to be able to introduce Sahil to the glorious countryside of Somerset and the beauty of our lovely and historic market town of Wells. I know the boys have particularly enjoyed taking him along to the local Indian restaurant in the town centre, as well as spending time chilling out with social media in the boarding house!”