Dravid NCA Now Has ‘Enterprise Class’ For New Coaches Tackling Off-Court Problems
New Delhi: Under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, the National Cricket Academy revamped the coaching manual, which now includes “company classes” for aspiring coaches tackling off-court issues, including selection pressure from various midfielders.
Recently a group of distinguished former First Class cricketers attended the BCCIlevel 2 coaching course and also took the theoretical and practical exam.
Although the coaching module has been modified to make it more appealing to modern coaches, what has been a pleasant surprise is the introduction of a “business problem-solving course”, where the incumbents have been urged to find troubleshooting methods while facing several issues. -the actors in the field.
“The course was designed by former Mumbai fashion designer Kshemal (Waingankar) who holds an MBA and has a corporate background. I’ve never been to a class like this, but it was very unique and helped broaden my horizons, ”a distinguished First Class cricketer, who attended the class, told PTI. on condition of anonymity.
So what is this business class?
“Well, it was about making us understand the difference between ‘negotiation’ and ‘negotiation’. We were told that we don’t need to fix a problem, but we need to check what are the troubleshooting methods we deploy (approach) in a critical situation, ”he said.
Asked to expand, he cited an example.
“The course instructor (Kshemal) chose two coaches – person A and person B. Person A was told he was’ the coach ‘and person B was told’ coach”. “. He gave them both a worksheet.
“The mission was – the person (B) who was appointed manager has to include three players in the squad. He is under pressure from various stakeholders – it could be a state association, someone else… Now , Person A who is the coach knows he can only include two guys in the squad and one in the XI.
A and B have been asked to show their “negotiating” skills when one has to move their case forward and the other has to block it.
“The motive was to check out how they handle a situation like this. Who does the whole coach involve? Is it his assistant coaches? Is it the captain? Or does he take the help of a performance analyst with data?
“How does the coach convince the coach? Can he convince his fellow coaches or get help from the administrators? It is not a question of knowing who gets what they want but how to approach the solution? Said the player.
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All future level 2 coaches must correct at least one player.
While the Level 2 course is complete, all aspirants are now returning to their respective cities and within the next three months will need to work with at least one player and prepare a project report.
“It’s also an interesting part. We will all have to choose a player and do a full video analysis of their bowling or stick depending on our area of expertise. Then we prepare a project report on the details we are working on.
“After we have worked on the corrective measures, we will again have to prepare a video of the changes we have made. Then only our level 2 course will be completed, ”said another player.
Dravid does not take lessons, he attends lessons with all the prizes.
What amazed many of these players is the fact that NCA chief Dravid doesn’t take lessons but always makes a point of sitting down with the lots and attending lectures, data by Sujith Somasundar, Apurv Desai, Rajib Datta and Waingankar.
“In fact, when we were shown player videos and asked to come up with solutions, even Rahul Bhai would join us and try to figure out the problem. He would tell us he still feels like a student and the day he stops learning that will be the end of it, ”said another top class player, who played against Dravid.
What is the best advice Dravid has given to future coaches?
“He told us that as coaches we shouldn’t go on a fault finding mission when a player comes our way. Rather than trying to nitpick and find flaws, we should see what the good qualities of this player are and how we can improve them. The NCA training manual is now more player-centric, ”he said.
Some of the well-known past and present players who attended the course are Robin Bist, Zakaria Zufri, Prabhanjan Mullick, Uday Kaul, Sagar Jogiyani, Sarabjeet Singh, Arindam Das, Saurashis Lahiri, Ranadeb Bose, KB Pawan and Connor Williams.