Cricket legend Virendra Sehwag and former India all rounder Sanjay Bangar on Wednesday launched the Cricuru app, which is India’s first experiential learning solution for Cricket coaching.
Sehwag, speaking at the virtual launch empasised on the importance of learning by observing and interacting with the greats the game
“I started watching cricket regularly since the 1992 World Cup, and I learnt by observing and copying Tendulkar, back then there was no access to videos of great players, had I access to these then maybe I would have been a better player.”
He recounted how advice from greats had stood him in good stead during his career
“You always learn a great deal from interacting with the greats, during my playing days a recurring criticism I had faced was lack of feet movement, all the coaches would said that I needed to get your feet moving. However much later when I was playing for India I had a talk with Tiger Pataudi, Sunil Gavaskar and Krish Srikanth regarding this, they advised me that what I should be doing is to play nearer to my body, they asked me to go for an off stump stance, this really worked for me. Had I adopted a middle to off stump stance earlier maybe I would have been a lot more successful.”
Sehwag said that while Banghar is more concerned with the skill development part, he would be working on developing the right mindset of the players.
Speaking at the launch event, Sanjay Bangar said “We combine coaching involving those who have played the game at the highest level with technology and we want to reach out to to a large number of kids who want to be cricketers.
I believe that if one has to be a successful cricketer at the highest level skills and mind set both are equally important; while skills can take you to the highest level if you want to perform at that level for 10-12 years then mental aspect is very important.”
Banghar, while acknowledging that the online platform is not a substitute for joining an academy said that the learning received through this could help a budding cricketer to iron out flaws at an early stage so that their growth is faster
“If you look at budding cricketers take for example in Maharashtra, children would get up at 5 am in the morning, take a local train from the Suburban areas travel for two hours to practice in a Mumbai Academy, there they would not get more than 25 balls to face and hardly any individual attention, here we come in we can provide individualized guidance from the best for budding cricketers.”
Co-founder and CEO of Cricuru Anish Khanna explained how technology can contribute to development of better cricketers
“if you look at international cricket, a lot of technology has been introduced to it, for example the hawk eye, DRS and so on, sadly however there is very less technology when it comes to training, especially at the grassroots level. Cricuru bridges that gap. Technology for coaching at the initial stages could be a great aid for learning.
Another thing which the app achieves is democratising cricket coaching, for example overcoming the
geographical barrier when it comes to cricket coaching, now the best coaching would be available to players onlineonline wherever they may be.”
Cricuru offers 2568 minutes of skill development videos at very affordable prices. It has individual plans starting at as low as INR 299 per year.
Besides Virender Sehwag and Sanjay Banghar, the coaching staff includes the likes of Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, AB de Villiers, Brett Lee, Harbhajan Singh, Chris Gayle, Ashish Nehra, Mohammad Kaif, Smriti Mandhana, Dwayne Bravo, Pooja Yadav and many more well known first class cricketers.