Head Coach – Mr. Raghu Barooda


Coach Raghu needs no introduction in Cricketing world, especially across the USA Cricket. He is the only resident Cricket Coach who has been accredited with Cricket Australia High Performance Level III Certification. With the vision of developing the game from beginner to professional, in his 17 years of coaching, Coach Raghu was instrumental in producing sparkling top talent prodigies that are shining all over the Cricketing world today.

But at the core, Raghu’s philosophy has remained the same even as he remains abreast of the changing Cricketing universe. He believes in letting the player organically grow and not interfere with their natural ability. Thus he focuses on an all-round development model that will help the cricketer become physically fit, mentally strong and technically sound. The idea is to help the player excel in every aspect of the game, help them play longer, recover quicker, concentrate better and perform more efficiently.

Raghu puts emphasis on not only developing cricketing skills but also life skills – that the cricketer will continue to compliment the positive experiences from both the Cricketing and life experiences which to him are two sides of the same coin. He believes “The better the person, the better the cricketer”.


Coaching Certifications

Level III Cricket Australia High Performance Coaching


Level II National Cricket Academy, BCCI


Level I National Cricket Academy, BCCI


Cricket Certificate Course National Institute of Sports, India



Ricky Bhui

Indian U-19 Cricket Team, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Raghu's prodigy, Ricky Bhui is part of the current India U-19 team and has played in the XI against Australian U-19 and also Sri Lankan U-19 tour. He also played India U-19 team during the international quadrangular tournament for U-19 teams (which was played in lieu of the U-19 world cup this year) against international teams such as New Zealand U-19, West Indies U-19 and Australia U-19.

Hemal Watekar

Andhra Pradesh Ranji Team, South Zone Team
Raghu was the coach and mentor for Hemal Watekar, who represented more than 70 Ranji Trophy matches (National tournament for state teams in India). Watekar also represented South Zone during the Zonal games. During his stint as a coach in India, Raghu has produced several players who represented for State in Ranji Trophy and Inter-Universities.

Coaching Career Highlights - USA

During the stint with CER team as Coach:

Fahad Baber, who was a member of the CER U-19 team 2010, has made into the USACA Senior National Team in 2013

Presently in NWR, the following players are under my guidance:

Karteek Kankanala – All-rounder, USA U-18 team
Shiva Vashisht – Middle-order Batsman, USA U-19 team captain, 2010
Sammi Siddique – Wicket-Keeper, USA Senior Team