Saravanakumar Subramani at a glance
From Trichy to Zurich – tracing an unforgettable journey
Saravanakumar Subramani has moved across the globe in pursuit of an IT career while still fanning his passion for cricket.
As an eleven year old, I was fortunate to be part of a school known for sporting excellence. Armed with an unwavering passion for cricket, I was soon amongst the ten students recommended for the U-13 trials to play for the Trichy District Cricket Association. After selection, I played in the U-13 category and went onto be part of the U-15 team as well.
Despite my determination to continue playing cricket, I had to drop off at times due to considerable pressure from my family to focus on my studies. At university, I dabbled in cricket again, captaining our college team and going on to represent Bharathiar University.
I started my career in Chennai in 2005, but kept up my sport. I led my company’s Cricket Team in Chennai, winning several corporate tournaments. I also helped with the game arrangements, supported ground preparation and maintenance of cricketing facilities.
Moving on to TCS Bangalore in 2010, I continued to play cricket. In 2012, my work commitments within TCS took me to London, the home of cricket and a cricket fan’s paradise. It was a dream comes true for me to be able to play in the London leagues.
“Cricket is an integral part of my life and has led me on an unforgettable voyage of experiences. I would like to help others discover the magic, mystique and magnificence of this unique sport”
As a member of the Ilford Catholic Cricket Club, I immersed myself in cricket during my London years. Notably, I played for Essex & Herts in the 1st and 2nd divisions. In 2012, I scored 580 runs at an average of 42 whilst taking 27 wickets – a major milestone in my life.
Alongside my division league matches, I competed at the corporate level for TCS London – participating in the TCS Maitree London Cricket Tournament in 2012 and 2015, winning two ‘Man of the Match’ accolades in 2015.
Selected to be part of the Switzerland squad
After relocating to Zurich in 2014, I joined the Winterthur Cricket Club and played there for three seasons, competing in the Cricket Switzerland Premier League. This led to my greatest honor so far – being selected for the national team.
Under the Swiss banner, I participated in the David Barnes Trophy in 2017. I was also in the national team that took part in the Central European Development League ODI Tournament held in Prague in June the same year.
At the end of July 2017, our team participated in the European Central League Twenty20 in Warsaw, Poland. Our efforts merited third place, which is an outstanding result for us.
Nurturing the next generation
Currently, I am initiating my six year old son into cricket. I lost my father at a young age and I have always missed his presence and support. I regret not having him around during practice or while playing tournaments.
In terms of my own cricketing future, I have started my own club – Zurich Lions Cricket Club. Within the next decade, I would also like to start a cricket training school especially for children. I am also eager to spread awareness of cricket as a sport in Switzerland. Our club organizes visits to local schools in collaboration with Cricket Switzerland. We organize one or two day sessions and teach the basics of cricket to school children.
Since 2016, we have organized such sessions for corporate clients as well as for my TCS colleagues. We arrange annual events where, alongside a barbecue, clients are invited to play cricket – blending leisure with work and networking.
As you can see, cricket is an integral part of my life and has led me on an unforgettable voyage of experiences. Charmed by cricket, I would like to help others discover the magic, mystique and magnificence of this unique sport.
A superstar’s message to us all:
I am a firm believer of the old adage ‘practice makes perfect.’ Just as I put in my daily hours at work programming and developing software, I also keep practising cricket in the early hours of the morning. I have not missed practice for over a decade now! There is immense power in hard work and this is the message I want to pass on to my colleagues. Hard work will get you noticed. Combine it with passion and dedication; you will be unbeatable in what you do.