Gavaskar inter-acts with NCA probables

Published: Friday, May 12, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: India's legendary batsmen Sunil Manohar Gavaskar had his first inter-active session with the boys of the National Cricket Academy at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

After his observation stint on Thursday, Gavaskar got down to the business of explaining to the probables the art of batting. But, there was a difference as Gavaskar was in house with the probables reviewing a video session.

In effect, the techniques of the players were videographed on Thursday and this was analysed in Gavaskar's presence. Apart from the general analysis, the "Little Master" also addressed the individual queries of some of the boys.

Gavaskar also gave the players useful hints based on the notes that he made during his on field observation on Thursday. It was a true learning process for the probables from a man who has scored more than 10,000 Test runs with 34 centuries to boot.

Gavaskar, who is on a private visit to the city, spent the whole of the morning session with the boys. "It was a very good experience for the boys. I am sure some of them will translate what he pointed out to them on the field," NCA coach Roger Binny told 'Thatscricket.com'.

Gavaskar arrived at the NCA on Thursday afternoon and spent the whole of the afternoon with the probables. He, in fact, stated that it was after long time he was watching cricket action continuously for almost three hours.

Incidentally, Gavaskar is a member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's NCA committee. He was responsible for establishing the first contact with former Australian cricketer Rodney Marsh, who is now the consultant for NCA.

According to NCA director Hanumant Singh the next Indian "VIP" to visit for the probables could be from one of the local stars - Erapalli Prasanna, Syed Kirmani or Gundappa Vishwanath.

Hanumant Singh, in fact, was keen on utilising the services of former left arm spinner Bishen Singh Bedi. But, Bedi could not fit the dates this month and is expected to share his experience with the probables later.

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