Mayank Agarwal, Sharda Ugra, Simon Taufel with Nandan Kamath
Mayank Agarwal is the most recent addition to an illustrious list of Test cricketers from Karnataka.
His breakthrough domestic season was in 2017-18 when he became the first batsman to score over 2000 runs in a single season of domestic cricket, including over a 1000 runs in a single month during the Ranji Trophy competition.
Consistent performances for India A culminated in an India debut mid-way through the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar Series in Australia. With the Series evenly poised at 1-1, Mayank scored a composed 76 in front of a 70,000 plus Boxing Day audience at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the highest Test Score by an Indian on debut in Australia. He recently completed his first home series of Test Cricket, with a double century and a century against South Africa.
He is a practitioner of vipasanna meditation, and his current reading list includes "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy and "Good Vibes Good Life" by Vex King.
Sharda Ugra is senior editor for ESPNcricinfo.com, the world’s biggest independent single-sports website and ESPN.in, ESPN’s newly-launched multisport website. A sports journalist for more than 25 years, she has worked with Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day, national daily The Hindu and India Today magazine before joining ESPN. She worked with former New Zealand captain John Wright and Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on their memoirs around Indian cricket.
Simon Taufel, is an Australian cricket umpire who is a former member of the ICC
Elite umpires panel. He won a record five consecutive ICC Umpire of the Year awards
between 2004 and 2008, and is generally considered to be one of the best umpires in
the world. He officiated in 74 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals between
1999 and 2012.
Despite initially having no intention of becoming an umpire, he agreed to go along
with a friend to an umpiring course. After he passed the subsequent exam, he began
umpiring grade cricket. He quickly progressed through the ranks and made his
first-class debut in 1995, aged just 24. He then went on to umpire his first Test at the age of 29.
Taufel is the youngest person to have received the ICC’s Bronze Bails Award for umpiring 100 ODIs. He has officiated in three ICC Cricket World Cups, including being the first and only Australian to officiate a Final (in 2011).
After leaving active international umpiring he became the first ICC Umpire Performance and Training Manager. During these four years in the role, he created and implemented cricket umpiring’s first competency based accreditation program. In 2013, he was the 13th person and third Australian behind Richie Benaud and Adam Gilchrist, to deliver the MCC’s Cowdrey Spirit of Cricket lecture at Lords.
He survived the Lahore terrorist attack in 2009 on the Sri Lankan team and match official’s busses. He is a father of three wonderful children, husband to Helen and continues to serve the game and local community being Chairperson of the Highlands Cricket Association, Patron to the Bowral Cricket Club and Vice President of the local PCYC.
Today, Simon is a much sought-after corporate trainer and has conducted programs on leadership, conflict management, resilience, goal setting, continuous improvement and personal development.
Nandan Kamath loves sport and passionately believes in its power to transform individuals, communities, nations, even the entire world. He was a national-level junior cricketer and is now a Bangalore-based lawyer and managing trustee of the national award winning sports non-profit GoSports Foundation. Nandan is a graduate of the National Law School of India University, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School and was a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship. He co-edited the book Go! India's Sporting Transformation, recently published by Penguin Random House.