Amish Taploo Batsman/wicket-keeper


Like many young Canadians growing up in the heart of sports-minded Toronto, Amish Taploo dreamed of playing for Team Canada. Only not the one that skates on ice.

The 18-year-old Richmond Hill, Canada resident is currently a first-year student at the University of Western Ontario. Batsman-cum-wicketkeeper Taploo said he is a great fan of Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara and Australian batsman Adam Craig Gilchrist for his fearless manner in batting.

It’s always hard explaining to people what cricket is, so I try not to get into it too much – unless you really want to know,” laughed the first-year Social Science student, a self-admitted bookworm growing up. “When I was about 4 or 5, I saw my dad playing (cricket). He played at the state level in India. Obviously, when you see your dad doing something, you say, ‘Hey, I want to do that as well.’ So, I started watching and started playing and told my dad, ‘I’m a cricketer.’”
Just a couple of months ago, the 18-year-old returned from three weeks in Bangladesh where he represented Team Canada at the International Cricket Council Under 19 Cricket World Cup, which brings together some of the top teams from 16 nations.

We won a pair of games, but I was more impressed we were competitive in all but one game,” he said. “Obviously, you want to win. But it was nice to see we’re competing on the same level with people that, in three or four years, will be professional cricket players.”

Taploo, like most young kids, told his parents he wanted to be something different each week. “Whenever I saw something cool, that’s what I wanted to do. So they put me in a (cricket) club and, instead of being in it for a week, it has been more than 10 years now.”

In that last decade, Taploo has taken his skills from the local cricket pitches of Toronto to England, India, Jamaica, Bermuda, Sri Lanka and across the United States.

At 13, Taploo embraced the game during a summer trip to India.

Obviously, you can’t escape cricket there,” he said. “And, instead of playing with a bat, we played with a stick; bats were too expensive. Playing two months like that was sort of a turning point for me and that’s when I started getting better. It brought me into other sports as well, like basketball, badminton, volleyball and track. Anything I could get my hands on.”
By the time he turned 15, Taploo was working out daily over the winter months and, come summer, playing on the pitch five days a week. That hard work paid off, earning him a spot on the U19 Team Canada squad this past summer.

Beyond his team pressures, Taploo is new student at a new university in a new city. He admits balancing his life has become a huge chore.

It’s harmed my school year because during the winter I was preparing for the World Cup and was going back to Toronto every weekend to train,” admitted Taploo, who hopes to apply to the Ivey Business School in his third year. “When I was back here, I was going to gym so much, and then, on top of that, school work. I’m getting used to it and catching up with things. My profs have been great.”

No matter, he cannot put the bat down. Beyond travelling the world, experiencing different food and cultures and creating lifelong friendships, there is more to the game for Taploo.

I keep doing it because there is a certain feeling you get – it’s the gratification,” he said. “I’m a batsman. You only get one chance; you screw up, you’re out and done for the day and have to field for however long a period of time. Most times, you won’t be scoring big runs, so you will be getting out pretty fast. Cricket is the most infuriating game in that sense, where you just want to say, ‘Oh my god, I want to quit.’

“But then there’s always that one game where you really succeed and it gives you the biggest sense of euphoria. That’s why I keep going back to it. Because when you play at higher levels, and you perform at that certain level, it gives you the best feeling.”

While cricket is now taking a back seat to schooling, Taploo knows once summer comes around he’ll be competing in the Toronto domestic league and, possibly, joining the U19 team for a couple tours this summer in the United States and, perhaps, South Africa.

“It’s such a large sport outside of North America; it’s about the people you meet and the experiences you have. I’ve met so many cool people simply because of cricket.”

Amish with his family



Last educational institution attended

Currently attending first year at University of Western Ontario (UWO)

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of cricket?

I enjoy playing sports such as basketball, cross-country, volleyball, squash and badminton.

How, Where and Why did you start playing cricket?


I started playing cricket at 5 years old after watching my father play for a couple of years. Simply picking up a bat way too big for me and attempting to swing it. My first exposure at eight years old was with a friendly game with Trinity college team, at Port Hope ON and my first official season started when I was nine years old, with T&D League in 2007.

Who is your favorite cricketer of all time and why?

AB de Villiers. There is nothing he doesn?t do well, his creativity seems limitless and he always seems in control of the situation almost to the point where he gets all bowlers to play into his hands.

Which international cricketer would you most liken your playing style to and why?

AB de Villiers, I can do a little bit of everything, not to his level of course (but don?t ask me to bowl!). Furthermore, his proactive batting style is something I strive for.

Best cricketing moment/performance to date?

Best moment was winning a close game to clinch Canada?s ticket to the ICC World Cup, at Bermuda.

Best performance was scoring 106 in a domestic T&D League in 2015.

Domestic team/s

Toronto Cricket Club (TCC)

Playing role in the team (specialist bowler/batter/all-rounder)

Top Order Batsman and part-time wicket-keeper.

Batting Style (RHB/LB)


Bowling Style (e.g. RFM)


Most recent performance in a domestic tournament

YR 2015 League played only 9 official fixtures and 8 innings for the season. Scored total of 164 runs; average of 20.5 runs/ Highest score was my maiden century at TCC for 106 Runs; Rest of the season was consumed with ICC Qualifying games in Bermuda and ICC U-19 games at Jamaica.

Have you played first-class cricket? If yes, details please (team/date of debut)

Have not

Have you previously represented your country in a cricket match/series? If yes, details please.

Represented Canada in the 2015 ICC Americas tournament in Bermuda and in 2015 WICB U-19 Regional Tournament at JAMAICA.

Have you represented your country in any other sport before?

Have not

What is your cricketing ambition?


Make the Canadian Men?s senior team

What format of the game attracts and interests you most? Test, ODI or T20? Why?


ODI, it?s the best of both aspects of cricket (strategic planning of innings and creative, run scoring, shots)

What are you aiming to achieve from the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup?

Looking to represent Canada?s growth as an associate nation and shock some of the major playing nations

Wishing this young upcoming star all the best.
Added By Manoher Sapru
Wishing him all the best and definitely we will see him in International Canadian Cricket Team. Taploo families have made us proud and he will also definitely do it for our community.
Added By ajay pandita