For me, Arjun is no different from other kids, says his U-19 bowling coach Sanath Kumar

Earlier Arjun Tendulkar was selected in India's Under-19 team.

Arjun Tendulkar ahead of India Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka | PTI

India's new Under-19 bowling coach, Sanath Kumar has revealed that Arjun Tendulkar will get no special treatment ahead of India's Under-19 tour to Sri Lanka. Despite being the son of legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun will be treated as same as the other players in the team.

Sanath Kumar will be guiding the fresh batch of India Under-19, including the young speedster Arjun Tendulkar. Sanath Kumar is a reputed coach in the domestic circle and he will be replacing Paras Mhambrey who is on India ‘A’ duty in England.  

When asked about how would he handle Arjun Tendulkar in the team, Kumar told PTI "I don't know about that as it's not my area of concern but as a coach, all the boys are equal for me."

"For me, Arjun is no different from other kids. My job is to bring the best out of each and every one of them."

Over the period of time, Sanath Kumar has successfully coached various teams in Ranji Trophy like Andra Pradesh and Assam. He will now be coaching a national team for the second time in his life.

"I worked as a coach with Indian women's team in 2008 during their tour of England. This time I am contracted to work till the end of the U-19 Asia Cup in Bangladesh in October," Kumar informed.

When talking about how would he help the young bowlers, the coach said "Look, in a short span of time, you can't really work a lot on the technical aspect as they will be playing matches. I would like to focus more on strategic part. Would like to prepare the boys for match situations with simulations," he said.

"For any fast bowler, the more he can land the ball on the seam, the more effective he can be. So landing the ball on the seam and how to use the crease, bowling closer to the stumps are certain aspects I would like to focus during the camp," Kumar said.

The training will start from July 1 at the National Cricket Academy in Bangaluru.


By Kunal Kataria - 19 Jun, 2018

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