One To Watch: Uday Walia!

Now based in Delta, British Columbia, Udayir Singh
Walia – fondly know as Uday by his teammates
– was born in Patiala, Punjab, India on May, 20,
2002. His family later moved to Canada at the start of
2007, just before his fifth birthday.

Uday, who represented Canada at the South Africa
hosted 2020 ICC U19 World Cup as a dynamo batting
all-rounder combination of right-handed top-order
batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler, first
became interested in cricket at the age of 10, after
having followed in earnest the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
The biggest influence on his initial involvement in cricket
was his father Gobinder who served as his first coach,
unselfishly providing Uday with all the support he could
ever need.

Uday’s Canadian cricket career started as a junior at
the Master Blasters Cricket Club. For the past 5 years,
however, he has been playing for the Newton Surrey
Cricket Club. His lofty ambition is to make it to the highest
level of the game and be a member of the Canadian
Men’s Cricket Team. His fervent desire is to represent
Canada at an ICC World Cup.

Towards those ends, Uday has not allowed the COVID imposed restrictions to detract him from further
developing his obvious cricketing talents. Prohibited from engaging in any actual match play cricket
activities, he has instead been practicing in his backyard. On a net enclosed covered pitch, Uday
engages himself in daily routines of batting and bowling practices. In addition to running regularly, he has also been frequenting a local gym that has remained open during the pandemic.
Uday’s systematic plan towards the achievement of his Canadian cricket ambitions is to fully seize any opportunity he receives to express his skills and talents to their fullest potential. Possessed as he is with fully justified self-confident belief in his abilities, he plans to pursue continuous self-improvement as his Canadian cricket career progresses further.

Uday’s self-confidence is the product of the many outstanding accomplishments. Those which he has
already achieved to date both here in Canada, as well as further abroad.

Uday first represented British Colombia
as a member of its U16 State Team,
subsequently becoming the vice-captain.
He was also British Columbia’s Outstanding
Junior Male Athlete of the Year in 2017
and the two time, 2017/18 winner of the
Best Junior In The State Award. He was
subsequently appointed as captain of the
BC U19 State Team and represented the
province at the Jack Kyle Cup and the
Canada Cup National Tournaments.

As the youngest member of the BC State
Men’s Senior Team, Uday played for his
province in the Western T-20 Cup National
Tournament. He was also a Tournament
Winner and MVP of the BC Big Bash,
the province’s most prestigious T-20

Adjudged the Most Valuable
Player of the BC Big Bash Tournament,
Uday completed an outstanding year in
2019 as BC’s Outstanding Male Athlete Of
The Year.

Uday was selected to the 2019 U-19 ICC
Cricket World Cup Qualifiers Canadian
Development Squad. He was also
a member of the Canadian Squad
for its participation in the St Vincent
based Cricket West Indies Regional U19

Selected to the Canadian National U19
Cricket Team for the South Africa hosted
2020 ICC World Cup, Uday was the Man of
the Match in Canada’s outing against the
UAE. He also won the Darpan Magazine
Spirit of Sport Award in 2020 to cap yet
another outstanding year.

With his ambitions now firmly set, and
as possessed as he obviously is with the
talents necessary for their achievement,
the further development of Udayir Singh
Walia’s Canadian cricket career will
indeed be One To Watch!

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