Gurcharan Singh is the most prestigious name in the country amongst cricket coaches. Gurcharan Singh during his dedicated coaching career spanning over four decades, has groomed a number of Indian cricketers who have gone to represent the country successfully in international matches. He has the rare distinction to be the only coach in the world to have coached 12 international cricketers and more than a hundred national cricketers. Players like Kirti Azad, Surinder Khanna, Sunil Walson, Ajay Jadeja, Vivek Razdan, Gursharan Singh, Gagan Khoda, Maninder Singh, Rahul Sanghvi, Vijay Mehra (UAE),Nikhil Chopra, Murali Kartik have got trained under his guidance. During our interaction with him, Gurcharan Singh told us about his views towards cricket and also shared his thoughts on various on and off-field activities.
- According to you who is the most technically sound batsmen in the present Indian side?
- Generally, Indian batsmen are able to play spin quite efficiently as compared to pace. But in past few series the Indian batsmen have been seen struggling against the likes of Moeen Ali, Nathan Lyon and Rangana Herath. So are the batsmen going through some technical faults?
- Why does India lag behind Pakistan and Sri Lanka in terms of bowling attack?
- Do we need to increase the use of Green pitches in India?
- What is your opinion about Virat Kohli’s captaincy and how do you rate India’s future under his leadership?
Although, all the six regular batsmen in the current side are brilliant in their own way but the question arises who is the most consistent of them all. For instance Rohit Sharma is a very talented player but he isn’t consistent. But whenever, he gets going he scores double tons and that is his real class and ability. Technique has never been a problem for the Indian batsmen instead the problem is the pressure under which they play.
Indian batsmen are struggling against the spinners outside the country because they don't get to play against quality spinners in the domestic circuits. Previously, We had Bishen Singh Bedi who used to get the new ball in the 3rd over itself but in the present scenario the shortest format of t20 cricket has ruined up the abilities of spinners. They don’t bowl a flighted delivery to rescue themselves from being hit for runs. But I still suggest my players to provide the ball with required flight as the coach and selectors look forward to it.
To become a good fast bowler, one needs to have a good and decent intake of food. But the Indian players are way behind in comparison to the players of our neighboring countries in this context. An average Indian is 5’4 inches or 5’5 inches tall whereas, in our neighboring nations a player is almost 6 feet tall.
Of course, yes we need to increase the usage of Green pitches in India and in fact there are many more things that should be improved.
Virat is a good player but really needs to maintain his cool. His excessive aggression can become a problem afterwards but if he controls his temper, India can surely get a huge skipper and a batsman.