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Lalchand Rajput tops in coaches clinic

BANGALORE, MAY 27. Lalchand Rajput, former India opener, secured the first rank with 83 per cent among coaches who passed the level three programme held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) here in April.

"This is the highest level in cricket coaching and all of us (coaches) learnt a lot during the programme held here under the guidance of Frank Tyson and Darren Holder. We learnt about game-sense, had an in-depth study of biomechanics and we also began to understand why a player commits an error, we learnt about the root-cause of technical problems. The programme helped us greatly and I hope the BCCI continues to encourage us," said Rajput, who is also a batting coach at the NCA.

Fellow-coach Venkatesh Prasad echoed his views. The lanky seamer said, "the programme was a tremendous help. I think it is time that a lot of players change their mindset regarding coaching. Most of them presume that if you attend such coaching clinics, people will perceive them as having finished their career. It is not true, in fact such clinics help you as a player too.

"In level three, we learnt more about handling players, communicating ideas, the different approaches that we need to employ when it comes to an under-15 player or someone who is a senior," he added.

Prasad also reiterated that there is a growing base of well-equipped coaches in India. "We have enough talented coaches in India but somehow we have become biased towards Western coaches and tend to accept their concepts more readily while if an Indian coach mentions the same idea, our response is muted. That has to change," Prasad said.

The coaches who passed level three: Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh, Rajesh Kamat, Arshad Ayub, Dinesh Nanavati, Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Venkatesh Prasad, Raghuram Bhat, Praveen Amre, Amay Khurasiya, Chandrakant Pandit, B. Arun, Venkatramana, Venkatram, Parthasarathy Sharma, Biju George, Atul Gaekwad, R. Murali, Sanath Kumar, Pradeep Ingle, Pradeep Kaslival, Dattatrey Mukherjee, Monish Bali, Yogesh Sharma, Sunil Joshi and Dhamnaskar.

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