- Assistant Coach
- Current Team
- BIJAPUR BULLS
Cheluvaraj was born on 5th of September 1986 and currently serves as the Assistant Coach of Bijapur Bulls in the Karnataka Premier League. Cheluvaraj started playing the standard version of the game at the age of 10 as a medium pace all-rounder who can bat ably lower down the order. But it was his height which hampered his chances as a bowling all-rounder and by the age of 16, Cheluvaraj had transformed into an opening wicket-keeping batsman.
Cheluvaraj was picked to play for Karnataka’s First-class matches in the year 2006/07 but the lack of first team opportunities forced him to ply his trade for the Indian Railways and that is where he made his First-class debut in 2008 against the Maharashtra side under the captaincy of the current Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar. His debut wasn’t a one to remember as he managed scores of 1 & 28. However, over the span of the next 9 years, Cheluvaraj made 29 First-Class appearances with an unbeaten 133 as his best score.
When asked about his experiences with the domestic level cricket in India, he said, “Some of my NCA batchmates were the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, RP Singh and also Suresh Raina. I am proud to have played alongside them at the camps. At the Railways, I have played with Sanjay Bangar, who is an excellent human being and a very hard-working person.”
Cheluvaraj was picked up by the Hubli Tigers for the 2014 edition of KPL and his lone appearance came against the Rockstars side. In the year 2016, the wicketkeeper-batsman decided to call time on his brief career and started a new phase as a full-time cricket coach since retirement. His best moment of his domestic career remains the unbeaten ton he got against Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium which unfortunately went in vain as Railways lost by 6 wickets. Cheluvaraj has asserted that he took up coaching utterly out of passion for the game and the motto he follows in life – “Remain happy and remain close to cricket.”
Here are the 5 tips he had to offer to the young and budding cricketers:
- Love the game of cricket.
- Take pride in what you are as a person and as a cricketer.
- Work hard to be successful and get better as a player.
- Enjoy the game of cricket irrespective of the outcome of the game.
- Respect the game you play and the opposition you play against.