Fairfield Liverpool cricketer Raveesh Srivastava is juggling a lot this year.
A year 12 student at Glenwood High School and a first grade cricketer, the 18-year-old is also rising through the ranks of the NSW hockey community.
It’s a breakneck pace for Raveesh but he hopes to have a national approach to selecting his eventual sporting career.
“I could say cricket is going to be the winner but whichever sport I can represent my country I will ultimately go forward with,” he said.
“But cricket is the first sport I started playing and hockey is more recent, about five or six seasons. I would prefer to make my career out of cricket but I guess whichever one happens first.”
A member of the NSW Metro under-19 cricket squad, he just returned from a tour of England with the NSW Combined High Schools team.
In hockey, Raveesh has also been a NSW CHS representative and a member of Hockey NSW’s Accelerated Athlete Program.
“When cricket finishes in the summer, I get really bored at home so I study hard so, to keep myself active, I play field hockey instead,” Raveesh said.
“But I’ve always just wanted to play cricket. You could say it was stereotypical because I’m Indian but it just felt natural and like that’s the way I wanted to go.”
The Glenwood resident has been playing cricket since he was five, starting with Blacktown before making the switch to Fairfield-Liverpool in 2013-14 to play in the Green Shield under-16s competition.
The reason he made the switch was to play grade cricket alongside his batting coach Anthony Clark.
Raveesh was part of the club’s young first grade squad last year, tallying 12 matches.
“It’s a major step up from second grade, the bowlers and fielders are just at another level,” he said. “It feels like what you’re going to face when you get to state and international cricket – bowlers bowling a lot quicker, with better consistency and you’ve just got to try to manufacture your way to score runs.”
It’s his grade experience that put Raveesh in good stead for the NSW CHS tour of England in July. The top order batsman scored over 260 runs in eight innings with an average of around 30.