Two brothers from Nagpur behind India’s First MS Dhoni Residential Cricket academy at Nagpur

Indeed, it is a great honor for India that India’s First MS Dhoni Residential Cricket Academy has been opened and fully operational since last one year at Nagpur – Maharashtra. The joint venture of SGR Sports Academy and Aarka Sports Management has shaped the first of its kind residential cricket academy in India with patronage of former Indian Cricket Captain MS Dhoni. 21 st November 2018 was the most awaited day for Nagpur and India when MS Dhoni himself inaugurated the Academy at Gaikwad Patil International School Dongargoan Near Jamtha International Stadium Nagpur. The two faces behind this academy are the two sports passionate brothers Mr. Mangesh S Raut and Mr. Lavlesh S Raut.

For the uninitiated, Mangesh was a born athlete, he was an expert player in multiple sports like cricket, football, handball and ball badminton. Mangesh Raut has played at National level and he has represented Maharashtra State in Handball. He was also a star in ball badminton where in he has played at University, State and National level tournaments. He started his carrier in sales and marketing in LG electronics and went on to become the Area manager in a short span of time. After that he played a new role of CEO in Dental college at Nagpur for 3 years. Post that he joined a company as Director of sales and marketing who was in the sector of air conditioners. Mangesh is indeed one versatile personality with a good corporate experience into various businesses & now he has forayed into a new challenging field of sports which he loves the most for the development of grassroots cricket.

MS Dhoni Cricket Academy Nagpur

USP of this academy is, all the coaching patterns and overall concept is developed by the man himself-MS Dhoni for the budding cricket players. Daily minimum 6 hrs of extensive coaching and practice makes this academy different from other academies. Coaches are certified by BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India). Academy regularly focus on nutrition, strength and conditioning, balanced diet, mental strength etc. Regular practice matches within the academy and with the invited clubs from all over India is very regularly conducted for giving hands on expertise on playing matches with different players and conditions. SGR sports academy has achieved a milestone that players even from from UK and South Africa have visited the academy for specialized training in spin bowling in a span of less than one year.

Clubs from all over India regularly visit the academy for practice matches on regular basis. SGR Sports academy also arranges overseas tour to South Africa, England, Australia and many more cricket playing countries. Academy is having best of the facilities spread over 30 acres of beautifully landscaped area which includes full cricket ground with 4 central wickets, 6 outdoor practice nets, 4 indoor practice nets and bowling machine. A CBSE education from grade 1 to 10 along with hostel facility for both boys and girls is within the campus. Academy is very much connected to Airport and Railway station by private transport.

Prominent International cricket players like Ms. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodriges have visited the academy for sharing their world class experience with our players and boosting their morale for different formats of cricket at different levels. SGR Sports Academy is also affiliated with Vidharba Cricket Association and they are putting their best efforts to give world class facilities and coaching to young cricketers. Nine girls from different age group have been selected for VCA (Vidarbha Cricket Association) probables camp which is ongoing at VCA Nagpur. Our players are selected for state teams like Odisha, MP, CG and Nagpur while our 2 players have been signed by a leading sports brand from Assam. Academy is certainly getting a huge response for all age group players from all over India as well as from Nepal. Players coming from Jammu Kashmir, Odisha, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and many more other states have already enrolled with the academy.

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