The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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Sourav’s tips are a hit

Calcutta: Sourav Ganguly sure knows a thing or two about lean patches. The former India captain made stunning comebacks during his playing career every time the world wrote him off.

The rigours of modern day cricket have made players go through tough times more often. International or domestic cricket, one has to be ready to deal with the troughs.

While mentoring the players in the ongoing Vision 2020 camp organised by the CAB, Sourav didn’t only cite his example to speak about methods of overcoming difficult times. He also spoke about his long-time team-mate and opening partner Sachin Tendulkar.

The likes of young Sudip Chatterjee and Writtick Chatterjee, who were part of the Bengal squad in the 2013-14 season, understand how priceless the sessions with Sourav are.

“You can’t ask for more after getting batting tips from someone of the calibre of Dada. He shared with us so many experiences, the periods when he had to fight it out to make a comeback… We were even told what Sachin would do while going through rough patches.

“So we definitely learnt about quite a few things. Apart from these, he asked us to be stronger mentally and improve on our footwork. He also laid emphasis on aggressive batting. There will be more of such camps before the next season begins… I’m sure we’ll benefit from those camps,” said Sudip.

“Practising before such a great personality like Dada automatically enhances the intensity. He advised me to take my stance a few steps out of the crease. This will help me tackle pacers better during the matches,” said Writtick.

Apart from talking to players about their techniques, it was learnt that Sourav has asked particularly the younger lot to also work on their physical strength, as he feels some of them are too soft to survive the bigger stage. “Most of these players are talented. But plenty of hard work still needs to be done… They have to play more matches though,” Sourav said.