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‘An elite level player may not be a good coach for average cricketers’


Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar, talking about stars becoming coaches, he said that those who have played at a very elite level may not necessarily understand what players of average ability. He may not find the struggle he is going through.

'An elite level player may not be a good coach for average cricketers'

Sanjay Bangar believes it is important for players to delink from their past when they take up the responsibility for a coach.

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“May be players who have played at a very elite level may not understand what players of average ability are going through,” he said while speaking on Star Sports Cricket Connected show.

“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, who served as the batting coach of the Indian team from 2014 to 2019, added.

On the other hand, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes that a coach must gain the confidence of a player first. If it’s done then the coach will able to turn him a better sportsperson.

“Once the player identifies that you are of use to them as a coach, then you’ve got their respect and for some coaches that takes longer time than others,” Hesson said.

“When you become useful to a player, they actually think that this guy is going to be helpful for me to get the best out of me as a player,” he added.

Director of Cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Hesson, said that coaches who are less experienced and come straight from a playing background will lose track within a week.

“It’s not about just telling them stories about what you used to do as a player, but it is about them genuinely thinking that you can help them become a player. That is pretty much what the role of a coach is,” he said.

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