‘I Still Don’t Claim Kapil Dev Is My Product’- Legendary Coach Gurcharan Singh Criticizes “Wrong Practice”


The renowned coach Gurcharan Singh, who received the Padma Shri award for his great service to Indian cricket, advised against coaches taking credit for his charges’ accomplishments. Ajay Jadeja, Murali Kartik, Kirti Azad, and Maninder Singh are just a few of the cricketers that Gurcharan, often known as “Guchi sir,” has influenced.

Gurcharan started playing cricket under the tutelage of Yadavindra Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala. During his playing career, he represented Patiala and Eastern Punjab State Unions, Patiala, Railways, and Southern Punjab.

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Gurcharan Singh (PC-Twitter)
Gurcharan Singh (PC-Twitter)

Even If He Has Attended My Practice Sessions, Kapil Dev Is A Product Of DP Azad: Gurcharan Singh

He played in roughly 37 first-class games before switching to coaching. After gaining sufficient knowledge and experience, he finally rose to the position of one of India’s most effective trainers.

“In cricket coaching, a coach needs to keep his fundamentals right. If athletes just attend the training and simple practice sessions, various coaches claim that the athlete is their product,” the 87-year-old told PTI.

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Kapil Dev (Image Credit: Twitter)

He claimed that even the renowned Kapil Dev attended his coaching sessions in Mumbai, although he makes no claim to ownership of the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper.

“It’s (practice) completely wrong, even Kapil (Dev) had been attending my coaching camps in Bombay, I still don’t claim he is my product, he is from Chandigarh and he is a product of DP Azad,” said Gurcharan.

“Every coach has a different technique of coaching, the length of the bat is the same, the width of the bat is the same, but techniques of the coach is what differs,” he added.

Gurcharan, who has witnessed the growth of cricket in the nation over the years, claimed that the introduction of new formats has caused “a lot of change in the country’s cricket.” But, he said, “the change is for the good.”

Gurcharan Singh (PC-Twitter)
Gurcharan Singh (PC-Twitter)

After Desh Prem Azad, Gurcharan Singh Sir is just the second cricket coach to have won the coveted Padma Shri award.

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