Ranchi, March 14: Keshab Bannerjee has been teaching at DAV Jahar Vidyamandir in Ranchi. His cricket coaching has been all along in that school and one of his students was Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former India skipper.
The 58-year old coach from Ranchi was in Kolkata on Monday (March 13) as a guest of an under-14 cricket tournament, being held in Kolkata under the aegis of Sambaran Bannerjee’s coaching camp.
It is known to everybody in the cricket fraternity that Keshab Bannerjee is the first childhood coach of Dhoni in his school.
But there is also an untold story. Bannerjee while speaking OneIndia exclusively, revealed, “The students at my school have been following the same schedule in the training Indian senior team follows. My school students have been doing it for last six months. Dhoni handed over the Indian squad’s training schedule to me. The training schedule basically consists of fitness programme. It is elaborately designed. Dhoni has brought the training chart from Mumbai and asked me to start it with the school students. He believes that the students will not be able to shine in future as cricketers unless they gain supreme fitness level.”
According to Bannerjee, Dhoni who has retired from Test matches, also keeps himself fit through extensive training in both the sessions.
Banerjee said, “Dhoni has also started doing fitness training. It has been clearly written in the chart that how long one should do weight training, how long one should run on the trade mill. Dhoni himself is following that schedule. At the same time, he is trying to gain more strength in the gym. In a bid to gain concentration, Dhoni is playing billiards in the afternoon and whenever he is in Ranchi, he is coming to our school to play badminton to keep himself fit.”
Bannerjee is surprised to have seen Dhoni’s hunger for playing good cricket even at the age of 35.
He cited an example saying, “We lost a match in the inter school tournament long time ago. Then I forced all the students to walk three kilometres to go back home instead of going by team bus. In the very next match Dhoni replied me by scoring a double century. His mental strength has been the same.”