Bengaluru, Oct 6: Both of them have the same student. And he is famous in Indian cricket. He is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Both were the childhood coaches of India's limited overs captain. They are Chanchal Bhattacharya and Keshav Banerjee.
Saina inspired by Dhoni biopic
And both the coaches, after having watched the movie, "MS Dhoni, The Untold Story", have been overwhelmed and emotional. Banerjee was the sports teacher in Dhoni's school in Ranchi, JVM Shyamali. And Bhattacharya was a specialised cricket coach who used to train young cricketers in that school campus.
There was a scene where Banerjee was asking Dhoni to concentrate on wicketkeeping, not on batting. It was also shown that the school teacher also used to send Indian skipper to bat at number seven or at number eight.
And now, Banerjee while recalling those days, said, "I really could not realise Dhoni could be such a firing batsman in future. And he always got angry whenever I sent him to bat in the lower order. Dhoni was actually a goalkeeper in the school. And I forced him to start playing cricket and then it was a history later."
Bhattacharya though, touched by the movie said, "Dhoni had a partner in the school. His name was Sabir Ali. That boy also was an aggressive batsman on the pitch. I can remember they made a partnership of around 300 runs, playing in a school match. The movie could have been more interesting if the director would have brought that character also."
Bhattacharya also mentioned another important incident during those days which has been absent in the movie.
He said, "Dhoni scored a century for East Zone in a Deodhar Trophy against Central Zone. Karsan Ghavri, the former Indian cricketer was the coach of East Zone. And he praised Dhoni's century saying that this lad will represent the country one day. This incident must have been shown in the movie as that century was a crucial progress in Dhoni's career."