”Gopichand’s Training was ‘Not’ Good Enough For Me”: Saina
Sania Nehwal commented about her former coach Pullela Gopichand who was responsible for prominence of badminton in India. Saini declared that Gopichand has no credit in her becoming number 1 ranker in badminton. She accredited her new coach Vimal of the success and she said that it was because of him she was able to take on the top badminton players in the world. Until Saina won medal in the Olympics, she was trained in Pullela Gopichand Academy, after which a new coach started training her. “I cannot exactly say what happened but the training which I got was not up to the mark. We discussed on my game but whatever we applied on the court did not work out for me. My game required something different, something else,” said Saina. “While working with Vimal sir, I came out with results. Otherwise I lost with very close margins to top players. This shows that improvement was happening, but I was still not confident that I will achieve world number one ranking. Vimal sir had belief in me and said if I keep on performing and winning, the ranking will take care of itself, and that’s what happened,” she said.
Saina should have reminded of Sachin Tendulkar before uttering these words. Ramakant Achrekar was the person who initially trained Sachin Tendulkar. Later after becoming an International player, many coaches might have taught him techniques and tricks. Does Sachin Tendulkar say that Achrekar taught him just the basic cricket that is necessary for being selected into Indian Cricket Team and he has no credit in the records set by Sachin after that? The answer is NO. Sachin, even today says that Achrekar is his Guru.
No matter how high you go, you should never forget your guru. Saina on becoming world’s number one in badminton, seems to have forgotten all that her first master has given her.