A brand new innings: University welcomes first cricket team

Adarsh Nalam

The University has upped its batting average with the creation of its first Cricket Team, all thanks to one international student’s passion for the ‘Gentleman’s Game’.

Corporate Communications and Public Affairs MSc student, Adarsh Nalam (23), was an avid cricket fan prior to arriving in Aberdeen from his home city of Hyderabad, India in 2008.  Noting the lack of a University team, Adarsh entered the Aberdeen Cricket scene in April 2009 by joining the Gordonians Cricket Club.  While he was relatively new to playing the game, he performed a strong first season, ultimately winning the Best Bowler for the team and securing the most wickets and the lowest average.    

During his first term of study, Adarsh realised that previous attempts had been made to start a University team but had failed due to lack of student interest.  Noticing a growing enthusiasm and skill within the University, Adarsh began his own campaign to set up a new team.    

Gordonian’s Captain, Blair Thomson, shared Adarsh’s belief in the potential within the University, and so offered training from its senior members and the use of the Robert Gordon’s College playing grounds at Countesswells for summertime training.  The next level of support came from David Hegarty, Robert Gordon University’s Vice President of Sport, who offered the team two-hour training slots at RGU:Sport for the entire winter term.      

The Robert Gordon University’s Cricket Team is now fully established, with 46 members meeting for their first training session in the September semester of 2009.  The team is already planning friendly matches with teams within the region.  They intend to enter the Aberdeen City Evening League in 2010, and campaign to add Cricket to the roster of sports in the Granite City Challenge, which would see them face Aberdeen University for the first time on the cricket pitch.  The team are currently considering the possibility of entering the University Leagues in 2011.

“Cricket is a religion where I come from and I am extremely passionate about the sport” comments Adarsh. “Nothing would give me more satisfaction than seeing the Robert Gordon University team competing with the best university teams in Britain.  We are lucky to have two world class facilities at our disposal, in RGU Sport and the Countesswells playing grounds.  There is immense potential within the University to hone both home grown and foreign talent and I see no reason why, in a few years time, cricket can’t become one of the main stays of the RGU sports portfolio.

David Hegarty, Vice President of Sports, Robert Gordon University:

"We in the RGU: SPORT CLUBS are hugely behind the inclusion of the cricket team and club to the organisation and wish them every success.  Sport in RGU is about the development and growth of individuals throughout their academic journey and what better way to begin that journey than by setting up a new club.  I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the lads involved and of course our partners Gordonians Cricket Club without whom none of this would be possible."