The narrow roads emanating from the bustling Commercial Street in Bangalore lead to a small patch of land that’s nestled between two adjoining temples. Chirpy kids, with their kit-bags in tow, make their way into the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) premises and are ushered into a lecture hall.
With anticipation in the air, the kids face a projector-screen as a gentleman of medium built – clad in bright sky blue track gear – takes the stage.
As the kids listen with rapt attention, he speaks of Manish Pandey as one of their own and how he was spotted at this very academy as an 8-year-old. As spontaneous applause breaks out in the hall, the speaker tells the kids that with a bit of dedication and courage, each one of them could do wonders themselves.