Sanjay Bhardwaj and star student Gautam Gambhir join Teacher's Day
The cricket coach Sanjay Bhardwaj was consulted with the Dronacharya Award last week. On teacher's day, he and his star student Gautam Gambhir Talk about your guru-shishya bond. Last week, the National Sports Day , the President of India presented about two dozen sports personalities with the leading sports awards of the country. Among them, was Delhi-based cricket coach Sanjay Bhardwaj, who was honoured with the Dronacharya Award (Lifetime Achievement). It was only fitting because in the Delhi cricketing circles, the veteran coach has long been referred to as ‘Dronacharya’. In a three-decade-long coaching career, Bhardwaj has produced four international players and countless age group and domestic stars. The most illustrious of his pupils – and his first, he points out – is Gautam Gambhir , whom he met as a 10-11-year-old cricket enthusiast and moulded into one of India’s finest opening batsmen.
Bhardwaj started training when he used to stay in Rohtak in the early 1990s and that was when Gambhir met him. In 1996, when the coach moved his base to Delhi and established his now famous LB Shastri Cricket Club, Gambhir was one of the first students there, and the first product of that academy to play in the Ranji Trophy (1999) and later for the Indian team in 2003. We met the guru & shishya juntos en la residencia de Gambhir & descubran que a pesar del paso del tiempo & el crecimiento de la estatura de Gambhir en el mundo del cricket, su ecuación no ha cambiado. No hay necesidad de que cambie su comportamiento (hacia mí), dice Gambhir, cuando fui con él, no era nadie e incluso si mi estatura se ha vuelto más grande hoy, guru toh guru hi rehta hai.” The guru agrees. “There is respect. Nothing has changed. Gautam is still the same 10-year-old for me. And he is still the same for a lot of other people. God and life have given him a lot but with me, he is still the same kid who came to me to learn cricket,” he says.
Gambhir-child Gautam Gambhir and Sanjay Bhardwaj during one of their first meetings in 1992
Puede que haya recibido un millón de consejos de cricket de Sanjay Bhardwaj a lo largo de los años, pero Gambhir dice que su mayor aprendizaje de su coach ha sido la necesidad de ser honesto. Él nos dice: “Me enseñó a ser honesto conmigo mismo. No hay una lección más importante que aprender a ser honesto, ya sea en el cricket o en cualquier otra profesión o simplemente en la vida en general. Creo que la honestidad es algo que él me enseñó & que se quedará conmigo por el resto de mi vida ”. Sin embargo, el coach siente que puede haberle enseñado a Gambhir a ser demasiado honesto. “Ha tenido la costumbre de no ser diplomático. Siempre le dije que fuera un poco más flexible cuando se trataba de eso. Se mantuvo muy directo en todo momento. Siempre decía: Solo quiero depositar en mi juego. Pero creo que esa honestidad & esa franqueza también lo hirieron en su carrera ”, dice Bhardwaj.
Sanjay-Bhardwaj President Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Dronacharya Award to Sanjay Bhardwaj at the Rashtrapati Bhawan
Gambhir says that Bhardwaj never says that the attitude of dying is what he drank. He tells us: “When the coach works hard, students are automatically forced to work hard. The Lord always says that it is the other way around. He keeps that student Mehnati Hain Toh coach bhi ho jaata hai but I don’t think so. Either you will stay resilient and play cricket, or you will just give up. There is no middle path there. When he started coaching, sir used to travel by train from Rohtak to Delhi everyday. And it wasn't easy. When you see your coach doing all that, you start believing that only if you work just as hard are you worthy of staying with him. I've taught me how to work that hard and never give up. ”