Desandri, known as an upcoming talent in Indonesia Cricket has bagged several achievements to his name. He got in touch with Cricket at the age of 10 when Cricket Indonesia came up with an initiative known as School Socialization. Under this initiative, coaches and trainers would visit schools and introduce the game to locals. Desandri soon developed a love for this game and was deeply influenced with champions like Glenn McGrath and Dale Steyn. He represented team Indonesia at ICC-EAP U-19 World Cup Qualifier held in Australia 2011. His performance earned him a place in the Senior National Team at the tender age of 16. He also grabbed an opportunity for getting trained at Centre of Excellence in 2011. Desandri envisions a positive growth for Indonesian Cricket and wants to play a key role in the overall community development.
1. Tell us about yourself?
Full Name : Desandri Saputra
Date of Birth : 29 December 1994
Playing Role : Bowler
Batting Style : Right Hand Batsman
Bowling Style : Right Arm Medium fast
Country : Indonesia
2. What age did you start playing Cricket? How did you get in touch with the game?
I started playing Cricket at age around 10. First of all, Indonesia starts a school socialization for developing cricket from the beginning. They came to my school when I was at grade 5 then they came every week to train all the kids. We all were happy because Cricket is so much fun and we all started enjoying the game.
3. Who were your cricketing heroes whilst growing up?
My heroes are all my coaches who taught me a lot of things. Also my heroes are Australia's greatest Glenn McGrath and South African Dale Steyn who influence me to bowl like them. It motivated me to train hard and get better and better.
4. Was your family supportive when you started off with Cricket? Was it ever hard for you to convince them?
My family supports me superbly. They always help me with lot of things which helps me to do good in my Cricket journey.
5. What do you enjoy the most on the field? Is it lofting the ball over boundaries, or breaking stumps or fielding?
I enjoy fielding. We must stick together to put pressure on the Batsman. That's always a lot of fun, a bit noisy to make Batsman under pressure and get him out.
6. If not Cricket, where else would you have landed up in your Career?
I would be playing football here or maybe play Rugby. But it is risky sports just play for fun.
7. Any major challenges that you faced all these years? How do you feel can those challenges be addressed?
Everybody has their challenges. The biggest challenges for me is to get better in Batting, and it is not impossible because I have plenty of time to get better and also my team mates help me a lot.
8. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
There is a plenty of tournament we must compete. We have an ICC EAP Tournament, Sea Games in 2017 and Asian Games in 2018 also we are the host for Asian Games 2018. This could be crucial for Cricket Indonesia. We must get better in all tournaments we compete in. Still there's a lot time to improve our skills, mental and endurance to give the best for our country. I want to be focused in every training, become more discipline when bowling, so could be consistence and especially training with new ball so I can learn to control the ball when I open the Bowling spell.
9. What would be that one goal of your life to achieve as a Cricketer?
This is simple. It is to represent my country in the World Cup and play overseas to get the experience.
10. Which do you feel has been the biggest highlight of your sporting career so far? Any achievements or rewards that you cherish the most.
Yeah especially representing my country for playing in ICC-EAP U-19 World Cup Qualifier, Australia 2011. Also playing with Senior Team at my age of 16. Have been trained at centre of Excellence in 2011 then a camp at the WACA with U-23 team. And played and visited many country with National Team like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, Vanuatu and Samoa. There is a wonderful journey with National Team and I’m very proud of it and try to give my best for my Country. My best achievement is Winning The Most Promising Indonesian Player in Jakarta Cricket League. It makes me proud and has motivated me to get better and better player.
11. There are a lot of men’s T20 leagues like the IPL, CPL, BPL, the Big Bash, etc which have been very successful recently. Do you think there is a need for a similar league for women?
Women should have a competition like that. Women could play well as boys so must have competition like that and to promote to all women all over the world.
12. What do you feel is the future of Cricket in your Country?
Here in Indonesia, now Cricket is growing fast. Next year we have National Sports week and Cricket joining in this massive events in Indonesia. A hard work from all the people who can make this happen, so I think Cricket in the coming years could be great here.
13. Who would you credit most for your success and why?
My parents help me everything and also my team mates & all the coaches. Specially to people who always bringing some Cricket Legend to Indonesia. It is helping us to get skilled and better players.
14. Your advice to the youngsters taking up Cricket as a career?
Always work hard and never quit if you want to be a better player. Be disciplined, improve your skills from anywhere you get.
15. One thing that you want us (Global Cricket Community) to do for the Cricket Community and why?
Keep working hard to make Cricket a World Wide Sports. Your job is very fantastic make every country Cricket Brotherhood stronger.