He is one of the most integral members of the Lashings World XI despite being an IT director, he has found time to balance his work and promote the game he loves, today I have the honour of speaking with the Ambassador Mr Manoj Oswal.
Hi Manoj, tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I am a 46-year-old electronics engineer and very passionate about cricket. I was born in Pune, India and have been in London for over 20 years and it is my second home. I am a medium pace bowler and a middle-order batsman. I am currently 2nd highest ranked wicket-taker in UK in the LastManStands T20 tournament.
How did you get in Cricket?
I have been playing cricket for as long as I can remember. As you are aware cricket is almost a religion in the subcontinent countries. I started playing with the friends on the streets as a child and then moved on to playing for school and college teams. I have also been part of all the corporate cricket teams for the companies I worked for over the years.
Who was your inspiration growing up?
Kapil dev was the biggest inspiration growing up and still remember and feel the joy when he lifted the 83 world cup trophy. I along with many of my friends in the 80s were also massive fans of the legendary West Indies team. We were in awe of what that team could do both with the bat and the ball. And in the recent time enjoyed watching Herschelle Gibbs, AB Devilliers and Virat Kohli play.
You are the Ambassador for Lashings Cricket Club, What does your role involve being Ambassador?
I am an integral part of the Lashings World XI team and travel with them all over the country. My role involves bringing awareness about the club and various charity activities we undertake. We support a lot of clubs in raising the funds for improving their facilities. I get involved with them discussing and supporting in their efforts through Lashings. And thanks to our legendary skipper Martin Bicknell, I also get to play in most of the Lashings games.
Other than being Ambassador at Lashings Cricket Club, we understand you are also very fond of Computers, and software engineering do you work in the software industry?
I am a director in one of the German Banks and look after one of their IT department. Electronics and Software is another passion of mine and I absolutely love what I do for a living. Every day brings exciting challenges and opportunity to apply the skillset I have gathered working in software engineering over the last 23 years. I also worked in electronics for a few years before that and designed and built India’s first channel locking satellite receiver for the cable TV control rooms.
At Lashings cricket club you get to mingle with the legends of the game at a very personal level, how is that feeling for you?
This feeling is very hard to describe, imagine mingling with the legends you grow up watching and admiring on the TV and stadiums. Imagine travelling with some of the best test players cricket has produced and regular opportunity discussing and playing cricket with them. Listening to their war stories and learning from them. It is a very invaluable experience and I cherish every moment of it and very fortunate to be part of this great club.
Tell us a little more about Lashings Cricket Club?
Lashings World XI has been around for over 30 years and is a very well known club in the cricketing world. It is a team made of Ex and current international cricketers, most of them have played test cricket for their countries. Think of a big name in the cricketing world and chances are they have played cricket for Lashings. We have multiple world cup, Ashes, IPL, BBL and CPL winners. We have some of the best death bowlers county and T20 cricket have produced. Even the all-time cricketing legends like Sachin, Lara and Gordon Greenidge have played for us.
How do you define success?
I think success is feeling happy and content with yourself and the things you have achieved through persistent hard work. At the same time, you still have to keep trying and becoming a better version of yourself every day.