Nilesh Raut, who is pre-dominantly known for being the Head Coach of Balmohan Vidyamandir School, Dadar interacted with cricketgraph.com a few days back. Raut talked about his days as a player as well as his coaching stints in a freewheeling chat.
Born on 31st March 1972, Nilesh was a more than handy all-rounder. He was a right hand batsman and right arm medium pace bowler. As most of the cricketers in India commence their cricketing journey with school level cricket, the 44-year old was no different. After his education he got into Tata Steel, where he played for the company for almost 10 years. Raut has played alongside some of the great players like Sameer Dighe, former India player and Ranji players like Sairaj Bahutule and Amit Dani.
After retiring from professional cricket, Nilesh Raut decided to try his hand at coaching. Since 2013, he has been associated with couple of schools in Mumbai; Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar and Bombay Scottish School, Mahim. He had organized a tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, where approximately 25 Players participated.
Under his able coaching and guidance, Nisarg Bowad, Mithilesh Nachare and Shreyas Pathak have swiftly made their way to the U-14 Probables of Mumbai team. Recently, Balmohan Vidyamandir player Bhooshan Kastur was awarded with the Best Player prize in Harris/Giles Shield
Nilesh Raut has been a certified coach as he has successfully completed MCA Level “O” Coaching. Sometime back he had joined former Pakistan player Mudassar Nazar and has extended a helping hand for “Elite Training” which is held in Dubai ICC Cricket Academy Ground. This was a 3-day camp. Though he is now associated with balmohan and Bombay Scottish, Nilesh started his coaching career with Vissanji School, Andheri East as the Head Coach, thereafter he was with Tata Steel, followed by Palghar Dahanu Taluka Sports Club and finally with Ramakant Achrekar Sir’s Academy; Kamath Cricket Club at Shivaji Park, Dadar as coach.
There is no stopping cricket even when it rains in Mumbai. On 1st July 2016, the Monsoon Fitness Camp kick started at Shivaji Park, Dadar. During this camp, the students are exposed to various things like running, running between the wickets, Stamina building exercises, Sprinting, Catching practice, Cone Training, Battings Drills and Rubber ball cricket which helps them to improve their game.
Nilesh Raut has been fantastic in all his endeavours and is always striving to develop young and budding talent of Mumbai. With his various innovative ideas and profound cricketing knowledge, his students are able to extract the best of things from him. Cricketgraph.com wishes all the very best to Nilesh and hopes he continues doing this splendid job till the end.