A year ago at this time in 2013, a relationship that started may years before in the depths of a Melbourne winter veered down a new path.
The gracious Irfan Sait from the Karnataka Institute of Cricket had extended an invitation for myself to visit Bangalore and be one of the guest coaches for the summer program at the academy.
India had been a place to date that I had not had the pleasure of visiting. Being a little unaware of what was ahead, I was able to gain approval from Irfan that Bryce McGain could join me as well on the excursion.
Selfishly as much for moral support that could be gained from another dad while overseas and to draw upon his own experience from being in India and actually playing at the local M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
That experience in Bangalore 2013 changed my life. Profoundly. More to be revealed ongoing.
Being immersed within a cricket culture at KIOC of such incredible natural enthusiasm and energy aroused the inner spirit for life to a level considered extremely special. Being at a time when IPL6 was in full hyper action, a bonus.
For this I have Irfan to thank for being mindful and kind enough towards me to allow me space within his world.
There will be several posts coming that involve the many aspects of Irfan, KIOC and Bangalore. I hope that you enjoy.