Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has remained on the surface a lot of late for making comments against India’s players and coaching staff. It started with him questioning the adequacy of role-models in the current side to groom the upcoming generation of cricketers.
Apart from questioning coach Ravi Shastri, Yuvraj Singh also expressed doubts about batting coach, Vikram Rathour. Having played six Tests and seven ODIs between 1996 to 1997, Vikram didn’t particularly have an impressive international career. Nevertheless, his first-class career is an excellent 49.66 in 146 fixtures aside featuring in 99 List A games.
Yuvraj’s comments have not gone well with his former fellow teammate Gautam Gambhir. While Gambhir’s response was mixed regarding the “role-model comment”, his reaction was firm for the retired all-rounder’s statements against Vikram Rathour. The cricketer-turned-politician believes that it is not essential to have played a lot of cricket to become a successful coach.
Sanjay Bangar reveals his opinions on Yuvraj Singh’s statements:
Another Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar has shared his take on what he feels regarding this aspect. Bangar has a rich coaching resume, having served as the mentor for the national side and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
The 47-year-old backed Gambhir’s views, claiming that renowned players at the international level may not understand the struggles of a mediocre athlete. Bangar also said wisely that a coach has to leave his past behind and can’t teach the way they have played.
“Maybe players who have played at a very elite level may not understand what players of average ability are going through. One thing that we are taught during our coaching education is that you delink from your past. Basically you can’t coach the way you’ve played the game.” Bangar said as quoted by Times now.