Bhavna Patil is first female coach who is associated with Cricket India Academy. She won a silver medal in the cricket India Academy induction program in 2010. Crickethighlights.com had a chance to interview her and talk to her about her about how the coach induction program at Cricket India Academy has helped her students. Her interview is below.
Here is the transcription of her interview:
Q: Bhavna, three great coaches of cricket Australia have come for the training. How do you feel that this program will help coaches and their students?
A: This Induction program is very good. I want to tell you that last time I attended this induction program and got a silver medal. This 6 day workshop completely changed my opinion about coaching. It made me aware that coaching is not all about only catches or practicing on the nets. But, coaching is actually about focusing and improving the skills of the players. A coach must give correct answers to the questions asked by the students. This program taught us various techniques to teach cricket to the players while making the game enjoyable. This program is not only about teaching cricket to students but also to enable them to learn the sport by itself. In the morning, I also coach at Salam Mumbai Cricket Foundation which is especially for municipal schools. 150 students come there for coaching at a time. We have only two nets there. So, we are unable to handle them but with the help of Australian coaching program we are able to complete the session. This program has helped us a lot in utilizing minimal resources for maximum benefit. Last year I applied whatever I learned from this program on my students and all of a sudden they not only started enjoying cricket but also started to understand the basic skills that are required to be their best when they are out on the field.
Q: The new technology in which you are taught to use different kind of balls (for example red and white color balls) by the cricket Australia coaches helpful for cricket?
A: Yes, use of different balls and technologies are very helpful for the players to learn cricket. These balls are used everywhere while teaching bowling to the bowlers, seam position and upright position should be there. They are taught about pitch conditions and how to use it to their advantage and these balls are also used by the coaches for fielding purpose because the normal ball may injure the student. All of these things are very important for the player while coaching. This program is like a practical syllabus of coaching.
Q-3 Do you think such kind of syllabus can be introduced in schools for the benefit of students?
A: Yes, such kind of syllabus can be introduced in schools because till the age of 14, a student is not sure whether he is a pace bowler or a spin bowler. You can see that sometimes a pace bowler does well at spin bowling after a certain period. Complete knowlegde should be given to the bowler regarding bowling whether he is a spin bowler or a fast bowler and even for wicket keeping. Proper and complete coaching should be given to the student. Suppose in a match, if our wicket keeper gets injured, then in that case it is beneficial to have a separate wicket keeper. It is only possible when a student is trained for everything and has complete knowledge of the game.
Thank you for sparing out some time and giving the interview. I hope this Induction program proves to be benificial to all of us. Thank you.
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