Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar

They are the leaders, the teachers, the ultimate guides and the ringleaders of greatness!

Beside the success of every sportsperson there is powerful supporting hand called "COACH" or "GURU". The Success Story of every sportsperson is incomplete without restless dedication of their "COACHES" or "GURUS". These are the small tips and true guidance from their GURUS that helps a ordinary person to become a legend.

From the yelling to the stomping to get you back on your feet; coaches are the epitome of inspiration. These animatedly, dominating personalities are known to breed nothing less than winners, they demand respect for the sport and life. Easy checklist? Of course not!

Owing this article as a grand tribute to a handful of those iconic coaches who have relentlessly dedicated their lives to training, preparing and coaching their disciples to take over the world and how!

After all, a firm stare from your coach could work wonders to an individual, an entire team or even society for that matter.

#1.Pullela Gopichand, PV Sindhu’s coach

Pullela Gopichand, PV Sindhu’s coach 

Pullela Gopichand has presented India with PV Sindhu, the one who made the country proud at the Rio Olympics by clinching victory from the jaws of defeat and scoring a silver medal for Badminton.

Gopichand, who was unfortunately unable to win an Olympic medal during his time, ensured that his student tasted victory anyhow. Goes without saying that PV Sindhu owes all her success to Gopichand and also shared an incident where she was once asked to stand in the middle of the court and yell out loud in front of the other players surrounding her, which was an exercise meant to help her get rid of her inhibitions.

Gopichand and Sindhu have shown us that with top-notch guidance and undeterred dedication anything is achievable.

#2.Havildar Gurdev Singh, Milkha Singh’s coach

Milkha Singh 

Milkha Singh is one of the greatest sporting legends our country possesses. The man who put India on the athletics map of the world and earned the title of the ‘Flying Sikh’ has been an inspiration for many. 

His ever-inspiring coach Havildar Gurudev Singh trained him to become what he is and attain what he has attained. The man who won many accolades in his life gave all the credit to his coach who was there with him throughout; he gave him the strength to perform better with every run and inspired him to create history… Every time!

#3.Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar’s coach

Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar 

Sachin Tendulkar, a legendary batsman and affectionately known as the ‘God Of Cricket’ made his debut for team India at the young age of 16. Tendulkar solely credits his coach Ramakant Achrekar for every milestone that he has achieved.

Achrekar has not only been a great role model in Tendulkar’s life but has also been a staunch believer that the master blaster was made for cricket from the very start. 

Whenever Sachin would get exhausted, Achrekar would place a one-rupee coin on the top of the stumps, whichever bowler would dismiss Tendulkar would get the coin and if Sachin would pass the whole session without getting dismissed, Sachin would get the coin. Tendulkar owns 13 such coins and proudly holds on to them as one of his prized possessions.

#4.Atul Gaikwad, Mithali Raj’s coach

 Mithali Raj

Everyone knows about Mithali Raj, the Indian Women’s captain, but a very few know about the man behind her success. Atul Gaikwad, her coach is the core reason for her accomplishment. Gaikwad has towed her all along and has helped Raj from getting rid of negative thoughts hovering over her when she was fighting to concentrate on the field. 

He has encouraged her throughout her journey by giving her self-assurance and motivating her to maintain a calm attitude whilst scoring a soaring score. Gaikwad with his never-ceasing dedication made sure that endowed Mithali gets to the heights she has the potential to reach.

#5.Bisweshwar Nandi, Dipa Karmarkar’s coach

Bisweshwar Nandi, Dipa Karmarkar’s coach 

The heart-wrenching story of India’s gymnast Dipa Karmakar is quite stirring. From overcoming a flat foot to acing the ‘Produnova’ in the women’s vault finals, Dipa has come a long way. 

The main man who is wholly responsible for transforming Dipa into a world-class gymnast that she is today is Bisweshwar Nandi. 

 He did everything that he could to help Dipa overcome her fears and insecurities. Dipa and Nandi have inspired a new generation of girls and boys who would now want to take up gymnastics and represent the country at the highest level.

#6. Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, Vijender Singh’s coach

Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu, Vijender Singh’s coach 

A day after Vijendra Singh was labeled a ‘professional’, the first thing he went on to do is talk about his coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu’s motivational hand over his head. Sandhu worked with the boxer for a decade and a half and believes that Vijender has been a sensible boxer and knows his limitations too. 

The boxer-coach team has made India proud with their determination and zeal. Coach Sandhu has even taken the responsibilities of Vijender’s failure in past with sadness in his heart but determination on his mind. This goes on to show that a coach not only helps you transform into the best version of yourself, but also has your back every time you need him/ her by your side.

#7. Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, M.S. Dhoni’s coach

Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, M.S. Dhoni’s coach 

The man behind discovering M.S. Dhoni, Keshav Ranjan Banerjee was Dhoni’s first coach and mentor, responsible for the captain loving and acing the game. Banerjee’s guidance was instrumental in Dhoni taking up the game on a long-term basis. 

He trained, skilled and qualified Dhoni in the sport and showed him the vision of being able to develop into one of the best cricketers in the world. Their association goes back a long way and is cherished deeply by both; as stated by Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, “His association with me brings some sort of satisfaction.”

All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself,” this quote by Bill McCartney truly defines the need for a coach in each of our lives.


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