‘Haan Yuvi, bol, Mai apna bag pack kar riha haan (Yes, Yuvi, tell me. I’m packing my luggage). Yuvraj says ‘Papa, Sachin paaji will call you. He will talk to you about his son. Please help him, says Yuvraj.
Moments after Yuvraj’s call, Sachin Tendulkar call and say hello to Yograj. Tendulkar asked if he could coach his son, Arjun, a few days before the competition. Ranji Cup.
Yograj had to fly to England but had 20 days on hand. Yograj, himself a former Indian cricketer who played 1 Test and 6 ODI matches for India between 1980 and 1981, agrees and asks Sachin to send Arjun to DAV College’s field in Chandigarh to meet him.
Arjun, who is playing for Goa in this season’s Ranji Trophy, met Yograj.
Yograj had a long chat with Arjun and then the former Indian cricketer said one thing and signed that day.
‘Forget that you are the son of a legend named Sachin Tendulkar. You have your own identity. Just come in tomorrow and start training. I will train you for 15 days,’ Yograj told Arjun.
Arjun returned, packed up his gear, and headed to the stadium the next day. Yograj was waiting for him.
“When Arjun came. I asked him to run 10 laps around the stadium. He ran well. Then I asked him to hit the ball into the net. The problem was that his left arm was very close to his ear when playing. bowling. I fixed that first. . He is a fast learner. He learns this very quickly. He started bowling very well,” Yograj told TimesofIndia.com in an interview from Vuong. Great Britain.
“I coached him because Yuvi and Sachin asked me to. And I don’t want to refuse Sachin. He only cares about his son,” Yograj added.
Now, Arjun has to tick another box – hit his ball.
Yograj, who is known to be a hard-working coach on the field, asked Arjun to cushion. Yograj has assigned a number of pitchers to pitch for Arjun and the 23-year-old is slamming the ball all over the park. He also earned a number six.
Yograj is impressed but he doesn’t praise Arjun. In fact, he said ‘get out of your father’s shadow. Work hard and you’ll be the best all-around athlete in the world.”
“The kid is very talented. His leaving the Mumbai cricket team is a huge loss for Mumbai. They will soon realize this. They didn’t discover his ability. I coached this guy. because Sachin and Yuvi asked me Sachin worried about his son He knows that his son has talent, that’s why he wants him to be taken care of. tell every pitcher not to consider Arjun as Sachin’s son and throw the ball at him with fierce speed and create the best spin for him Arjun attacks them everywhere. he’s a destroyer with bats,” Yograj told TimesofIndia.com.
“He’s an all-round player. So why are the teams sending him down orders? He’s a tough all-round player like Yuvraj. I see a lot of similarities between Yuvi and Arjun. He will go a long way. One day, the world will remember his name the way they remember Sachin’s name. Arjun will become the most destructive tennis player in the world,” the 64-year-old added.
‘MAI KHELEGA’ – WHEN ARJUN REMEMBER A CHILD’S YOGRAJ
Tendulkar was hit in the nose by a Waqar Younis player in Sialkot during his first series in 1989. Despite the injury, the then 16-year-old continued to fight fearlessly. His saying “main khelega” after being beaten has become part of ticketing folklore.
When Arjun was training under Yograj, a similar incident happened and the 64-year-old former cricketer hugged the youngster.
“Arjun was intercepting and a boy threw it straight in the chin. He was almost bleeding. I looked at his face and said let’s go get ice and come again tomorrow. He brought ice and said ‘mai khelega’ He reminded me of Sachin when he was beaten by Waqar’s guard I just hugged Arjun and said no, go see a doctor There are a lot of bumps on his face But he came to practice the next day. I just liked his determination,” Yograj recalls.
“I told him, Arjun, duniya se alag chalna padta hai, tabhi aage badhte hain aur tabhi sabb yaad rakhte hain (Arjun, we must walk our own path. Only then will you achieve it.) successful and remembered by everyone),” he said.
‘YOU ARE LIKE YUVI’
Yuvraj Singh is considered one of the best all-rounders the cricket world has ever produced. An almighty left-arm swing bowler, Yuvraj played a key role in India’s two World Cup championships – ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011. Among his famous hits himself, he is best known for his six-by-six six-ball smash. Stuart Broad during the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Yuvraj, Man of the Tournament at the 2011 World Cup, played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India between 2000 and 2017 and scored 11,778 international runs.
Yograj, when asking Arjun to hit 20 rounds in 15 minutes, the youngster showed off some tough shots. He chose the length correctly, played a number of overhead and loft shots, as well as pulls.
“Arjun reminds me of Yuvi. Arjun is more of a pitcher than a pitcher. He’s a great smasher. Yuvi used to hit the ball in a similar style. Over time, we I started sharing a relationship like grandpa and grandson. I’m really happy that I can do something for him (Arjun),” Yograj said.
Waking up early in the morning, long bowling and facing hundreds of pitches are part of Arjun’s daily training regimen. Yograj made a list of things that Arjun was bound to follow.
After the practice sessions, Arjun was instructed by Yograj to video call him and talk about his day’s activities.
“One day, he didn’t pick up the phone. I yelled at him via text message. I wanted him to focus. That’s it,” Yograj said.
SACHIN CALLS TO A ‘Strict’ YOGRAJ
Yograj knows he has 15 days to coach the youngster and he wants to give everything he can before leaving for the UK. Sachin, after a few days, phoned Yograj to ask about his son and his progress.
“I told Sachin one thing, ‘Arjun ko iski maa se dur rakhna’ (Keep Arjun away from his mother.) No mother wants to see her baby hurt, swollen or bleeding. I told Sachin that I want Arjun to stay focused and keep doing what he has been doing. I told Sachin that her son is very talented and Mumbai has lost this talent,” Yograj told TimesofIndia.com.
“Arjun will become one of the best cricketers in the world. I want to turn Arjun into Sachin. Arjun will become as brave as Yuvi. Arjun needs to get out of his father’s shadow. I told him he – first you are Arjun and then Arjun Tendulkar and Sachin’s son.”
PARENT LIKE CHILDREN: THE CENTURY IS AWESOME
Arjun is ready for his first-class debut. Before stepping up, he talked to Yograj. Yograj says “Arjun, go and express yourself”.
Playing for Goa, Arjun marked a century in his first division debut against Rajasthan. The feat came exactly 34 years after Sachin, then 15, began his first-place run with a 100-match unbeaten run against Gujarat at Wankhede Stadium.
Hit the ball in 7th place, Arjun beat 120 of 207 serves, including two sixs and 16 fours. He moved from Mumbai to Goa at the start of the season in search of more opportunities.
“Arjun was extremely happy. He was almost in tears. I was extremely happy for him. But I sternly told him to focus on the next match. Don’t just stick to a pole. milestones, there will be many milestones in the future.” and Yuvi also called me after Arjun’s achievement. I told them to wait and see this kid and let him be Arjun,” Yograj finished.