Cricket has always been a thing in India. Be it Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sehwag or today’s Dhoni and Virat Kohli; these cricketers have always entertained us with their play. While today’s cricketers are motivating new players and encouraging them; did you ever wonder who discovered the talents of these players? Who do they owe their cricketing career to?
Let us take a look at them
1. MS Dhoni - Prakash Poddar
The BCCI's Talent Research Development Officer, Prakash Poddar takes all the credit for gifting Indian cricket with the Cricket Wizard, MS Dhoni. In his words, "He scored 35 runs, but even in that age kya marta tha ball ko. He had a raw power and I felt that if we could guide him well, he could become a good one-day cricketer. Well, at least I managed to give Indian cricket Dhoni."
Is there any need to say more about him?
2. Ajinkya Rahane - Rahul Dravid
Ajinkya Rahane often referred to as Jinx by his teammates, quotes that Rahul Dravid is his biggest inspiration. There were also many instances where he said that he was extremely grateful to have this man as his role model and that he owes a lot to him.
3. Virat Kohli - Raj Kumar Sharma
India's Run Machine and the skipper, Virat Kohli states that he owes his career to his coach Raj Kumar Sharma, who was his first coach at age of 9. Both of them share a very special bonding.
4. Yuvraj Singh - Dilip Vengsarkar
As mesmerised as we were by Yuvi's sixes, the same was the case with Dilip Vengsarkar. In an interview with Times Of India, he stated, "The talent we could see was exceptional. He could clear the ground and would clear 120 meters boundary lines at Oval Maidan. He was very obedient, very disciplined and extremely focused."
5. Virendra Sehwag - Navjot Singh Sidhu
Out of all the players, Sidhu was the first one to notice Sehwag's talent and he himself stated that in one of his interviews.
6. Sachin Tendulkar - Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar claims to be one of the biggest fans of Sachin Tendulkar and he has also written in his column, 'A talent designed by God himself' that, "I stood hidden in the players' enclosure and had my first glimpse of the genius of Sachin Tendulkar."
7. Rahul Dravid- Coach Keki Tarapore
"I first saw Rahul when he was an 11-year-old boy and a student of St. Joseph's Boys High School. He attended a coaching camp conducted by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium where I was the only coach. He first started to represent the state at the junior level. Once he started playing Ranji Trophy for the state and consistently produced runs, I could recognize that he had a chance to play for the country," said Coach Keki Tarapore who was amused by the playing strategy of the Wall.
8. Ravindra Jadeja- Shane Warne
Rajasthan Royals captain in 2008, Shane Warne, was the first to notice the raw talent of Jadeja and has also given him the title of 'rockstar'.
9. KL Rahul- Rahul Dravid
As stated by KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid has visited him once when he was 11 and gave a 15 minutes pep talk about the game and asked to take care of him and train him well. This speech has inspired KL Rahul by leaps and bounds and made him the man he is today.
10. Pujara- Kiran More
Kiran More, former Chairman of the Selection Committee of the BCCI noticed this young talent in an Under-14 match in Vadodara and stated that he would play for the country soon.
So, who is your role model?