By Sameer Manekar
Former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli trained students in the techniques and nuances of cricket, on the concluding day of the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy (TMGA) cricket camp, at The Bishop’s School in Camp Thursday. The four-day-long camp was a joint venture undertaken by the SRT Sports Management and Middlesex County Cricket Club (MCCC), and at least 150 boys and girls between the age of 7 and 18 participated.
The camp was conducted by Tendulkar, Kambli, and head coach Josh Knappett, an English first-class cricketer associated with MCCC and an ECB (English and Wales Cricket Board) Level-4 coach. Tendulkar taught participants the techniques of sweep shot, cover drive, taking a batting stance, as well as the nuances of spin bowling, run-up to the delivery and the jump before bowling a delivery.
The curriculum, designed by Tendulkar and the MCCC, consisted of the basics of batting, bowling and fielding. It also focused on providing students insights into athletic development, sports psychology and tactical development.
Tendulkar said, “The idea of TMGA camps is not just to make the participants good cricketers but good human beings as well. Middlesex County and I found ourselves on the same page with our intentions for young cricketers, wanting to create something that would outlive us all. And that’s what I have come here for, to convey a message that my father gave me when I was young, that I may play cricket for a few years, but to be a good human being is far more important than that.”
The day also marked the 29th anniversary of Tendulkar’s debut in international test cricket, against Pakistan in 1989. Going down memory lane, Tendulkar said, “Well, time flies, it has been 29 years since my debut in Karachi. I think it is a huge coincidence that I am here on this day. It has been a long time, but cricket is still in my heart, and until that is there, there is nothing to worry.”