I grew up playing Cricket at various levels and was always passionate about it. But never in a million years would I have imagined that Cricket would be such an integral part of my life. Fast forward to late 2012, when at the end of a Cricket match, I was sitting
on the grassy side of one of the pitches at Mumbai’s iconic Cross maidan with my best friend Vishal.
We were both 35 years old then and were indulging in our usual process of cross examining various coaches at the maidan. Both Vishal and I were always critical of how most coaches treated their students as sheer numbers and not as young individuals with specific talents and abilities waiting to be nurtured.
We would always say "If I was that kid’s coach…."
On this day though, we decided to walk the talk and asked each other if we were really to coach a child, what positivity would we be able to bring to that child’s life?
With this premise, the idea of Bayside Sports was conceived literally overnight.
- Kyan Bharucha
Vishal Gokani is the Co-Founder & CEO of Bayside Sports. He oversees the day-to-day Operations of the company. He has 15 years of work experience with Travel, Finance & Investment advisory firms. He has probably played more maidan Cricket than anyone else in the city! Vishal's passion for Sports is only surpassed by his intense desire to improve Children's access to these Sports in the city. Having played inter school & inter college Cricket, he is a resilient opening batsman and a brilliant fielder. Vishal & Kyan have been best friends for close to 3 decades & have opened batting for various teams all through that time.
Kyan Bharucha is the Co-Founder & CEO of Bayside Sports and is the fuel behind the creation and delivery of “Brand Bayside Sports”. Kyan received his MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (CA, USA), as well as a second major (MA, International Policy Studies) from the same institute. With 15 years of work experience, Kyan has worked with various corporations such as Cadbury, Kraft Foods (now Mondelēz) in countries as diverse as the US, UK, Switzerland, South Africa, Swaziland and Egypt. Kyan is obsessed with Cricket (Opening Batsman / Wicket Keeper) but is also an avid sportsman in general and plays many Sports. His firm belief is that all Children need to be given the opportunity to play Sports from a very young age without heaping the pressure on them to perform.
Paras Zaveri, has been on board since 2015 as a Strategic Advisor to Bayside Sports. Paras received his MBA in Finance from the University of Scranton (PA, USA) - scoring top honours at the University. His business acumen and role as an advisor and strategist to the company makes him a a guiding light to Bayside Sports. Paras loves his Sports, specially Cricket (Opening Batsman & Fast-Medium Bowler). He has represented his school and college in Cricket, Swimming, Athletics, Badminton, & Table Tennis.