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Cricket coaching goes hi-tech

INSPIRED BY the methods of John Wright and Greg Chappell, cricket coaching is going hi-tech in the City also. Coaches here are also adopting advanced coaching methods like using bowling machine and videography of players? bowling action or batting technique for later analysis.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 01:19 IST

INSPIRED BY  the methods of John Wright and Greg Chappell, cricket coaching is going hi-tech in the City also. Coaches here are also adopting advanced  coaching methods like using bowling machine and videography of players’ bowling action or batting technique for later analysis. 

There were times when cricket coaching in Bhopal was concentrated in BHEL only, where one or two coaches helped the aspirants. However, with cricket becoming a rage, the number of coaches has increased enormously in the City and they are using all kinds of hi-tech coaching methods.

Coaching is now mainly provided at Bab-e-Aali Stadium, Ankur Ground at 6 No Bus Stop and Old Campion Ground in Arera Colony. If Syed Shakeel Mohammad brought bowling machine at Bab-e-Aali Stadium, Jai Prakash Tyagi can be seen with a video camera recording players’ action.

“It is true that John Wright and Greg Chappell changed the definition of coaching through their innovative ideas and bold decisions. In my opinion, players have become more professional”, said coach Syed Shakeel Mohammad. He further said that gone are the days when the job of coach ended at the ground only.

“Coaches now take care of players at the personal front also on many occasions like dieting, routine lifestyle and others”, said Shakeel. 

Shakeel was awarded best coach award in the first Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Cricket Tournament that concluded on Monday. 

J P Tyagi, who gives coaching at Ankur Ground, felt that the modern techniques like video-shooting and others help him in giving required right tips. He admitted that coaching pattern has been changed. “We have to take care of every aspect of players’ profile. Even at the local level coaches are using manuals prescribed by Greg Chappell. Such things are good for cricket”, said Tyagi.

However, he felt that there is still lack of willingness in most of the budding players to work hard. Everyone wants to be like Sachin or Dravid, but through shortcuts. “In our times, coaching was not this much sophisticated and advanced. I think there are a few budding players who really want to capitalise on hi-tech gadgets”, said Tyagi.   

Though senior coach like Suresh Chenani at Old Campion Ground does not use any hi-tech gadget, he still felt that coaching pattern has changed.