March 2, 2007


From Kutch to Kenya

Will Luke

Fans in Kutch – a district of Gujarat in western India – will be glued to their TVs for the forthcoming World Cup, and not just to watch India. Two Kutchi-born players - Rajesh Bhudia and Malhar Patel - are playing for Kenya.

“Our Patel community which has a large population from here in Kenya is also known by the name of Kanabi and we have there Kanabi’s Sports Club which is very dominating in the cricketing world in that country. We now understand from there that Rajesh Bhudia and Malhar Patel, both belonging to the Patel community, have found place on the Kenyan team for the World Cup 2007,’’ said Kirti Varsani, of Madhapar village near here.

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Posted by Mukesh Madhaparia on (March 6, 2007, 9:38 GMT)

This is one of the biggest milestone for a kutchi community, Some may say its only KENYA, But name me one kutchi playing any form of professional sport. Come on boys, PAMOJA TUTA SHINDA

Posted by omoi camillus on (March 5, 2007, 12:27 GMT)

am an ardent kenyan fan. i fancy that apart from the Patels, kenya has a young "tendulkar" in Mishra. hope West Indies are listening! i cant wait.

Posted by Mital Shah on (March 5, 2007, 9:27 GMT)

As a Kenyan, I'm pleased to add they're the future of Kenyan cricket who can only provide a great inspiration to other youngsters. All the best for the World Cup & beyond!

Posted by Sanjay Hirani on (March 3, 2007, 4:19 GMT)

Its a personal milestone for any player to represent thier country in the most coveted trophy, the World Cup. But we also need to draw ourselves into the reality that our standard of cricket in Kenya is still a far cry. With respect to the Kenyan team, i do not want to take anything away from them but we have to accept the facts.

Posted by suman on (March 3, 2007, 0:50 GMT)

thats really a good news that nrINDIANS r playing their hand in the development of sport in other countries as well

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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