Michael Katwaroo — One of New York Regions Young Talent.
By Royo P. Sankar
Born in Queens , New York in the Year 1996, Michael Katwaroo, the sixteen-year-old left-arm unorthodox spinner love for the game were fascinating at an early age.
His father, Sham “Tillo” Katwaroo, A cricket fanatic himself, would take his young son to almost every cricket match. Bowling at local Batsmen during the warm-up
before the start of play. His bowling immediately caught attention and became the most talked-about youngster during his early cricketing career. He attends John Adams High School, and is very active during their cricketing season.
Debuted for the New York region in the under-15 competition at the age of thirteen with figures of 4-0-13-1 wicket.
Apart from his bowling, he is also a very dexterous fielder and if given the opportunity to bat, can hold-on to his end during certain crisis.
Playing as a substitute fielder for East Bank against Rising Stars in the Eastern American Cricket Association league during the 2009 season, he
took “Two stunning catches” fielding at square-leg which ,immediately impressed everyone playing. Last April, Richmond Hill hosted Vikings Cricket Club of Canada
in a friendly encounter—as his seniors get clobbered around the park, the introduction of Michael Katwaroo immediately got the break-through. His bowling figures;
5-0-25-2wkts.The Sarjoo memorial game; playing for RHCC/EastBank he captured the “Best bowling award” in a loosing cause with figures of 6-0-35-3 wkts. Bowling at the leading scorers of the game; Steve Massiah (45),Tamesh Balwant (89) and Dilly Khilawan (47).
Playing for Richmond Hill vs Enmore in a T20 competition in 2011, had figures of 3.1-0-5-3wkts—versus Liberty 5-0-26-2wkts—versus Golden Arrow 1-0-5-2 wkts. Representing New York Youth Cricket Club, managed by former Guyana and West Indies player Milton Pydanna in the 2012 Tournament, he had the following bowling figures: Versus Centurions 3.5-0-14-2 wkts—versus Superstars 2-0-5-2 wkts—versus NYCR under-21, 4-0-18-5 wkts—versus Queens United 3-0-18-2 wkts—versus Kingsgrove 7-0-15-4 wkts. Representing NYPD superstars vs Kingspunjab in a T20 competition—Took 2 for 5 in 2 overs , A true testament of a precocious young career.
Michael Katwaroo lamented; Other senior cricketers —Asgar Alli , Debo Sankar, Ricky Kissoon and Trainer Rudy John also commends him on his outstanding performances so far. Cutbert “Cutty” Mendonca commented on NewYorkcricket.com
,” Michael Katwaroo, I am very proud of you, since the first day I saw you, it was evident you were going to be one good cricketer.Take it one day at a time and you will do good. Don’t forget your books! keep it up and respect the older guys and you will go far.” There are other fine performances by this left-arm unorthodox spinner which can be accessed on the Newyorkcricket.com
, PSAL, New York cricket region officials , libertycricket.com
This young and spirited sixteen-year-old cricketer is a very good listener and quick learner.Coming to practice sessions during the afternoon after school
at the cage in the summer months— he is first at the box to get the Matte out to the center of the park, and at the same time enthusiastic about advice from senior cricketers.
Bowling for long spells during the practice session gives him the opportunity to improve his skills as a bowler. Fielding is no exception, he has taken difficult catches, lively in the outfield a pro. ” Even the batsmen,pauses at the crease before heading towards the pavilion.” This sixteen-year-old will do well in the future—given the opportunity.