Raj Kumar Sharma is known among the best cricket coaches of India. He is Qualified Level-II coach from National Cricket Academy of B.C.C.I. He is running West Delhi Cricket Academy for a decade. He has already produced an international player called Virat Kohli. Yes, you must have seen him busy with the boys in D.D.A. Sports Complex Hari Nagar, Dwarka and of course St.Sophia School, Paschim Vihar. He started his coaching from Saviour Public School, Paschim Vihar and the rest is the history, every cricket lovers know better than any body else his contribution towards cricket game
As a player, he is off Spinner and right handed batsman. He captained Dena Bank Cricket Team for ten years and Sonnet Club for five years. He represented Delhi in Ranji Trophy from 1987 to 1991, also played the Ranji Trophy finals which Delhi won in 1988. He represented Delhi in Wills Trophy from 1988 to 1991. Represented North Zone in Vizzy Trophy. He played All India Rohinton Baria Trophy. He even played and Coached in Bangladesh as professional Cricketer for 3 years. He represented Indian Veteran Eleven lead by Dilip Vengsarkar against World XI.
On the basis of his experiences in the field of cricket game. He appointed Match Refree for various Ranji Trophy and Deodhar Trophy matches by Board of Control for Cricket in India. He trained the budding cricket players during Zonal Academy Camp for Under –19 in the year 2006 & 2007 by National Cricket Academy. He had appointed Coach for Delhi team which toured Pakistan in the year 2006-2007. Delhi Ranji Trophy Selector in the year 2006-2007. Selector/Coach for various Delhi teams for last 10 years.
According to Mr. Sharma a player should do practice at least 3-4 hours daily to flourish in a particular game. A good player possesses good behaviour, hardwork, discipline and dedication attitude towards his/her game. These are the main feature to become a good player. A player should take nutritious diet and keep himself physically and mentally fit. There is a close relation between a player and a coach, it is like father-son relationship. While asking how a promising player can be judge, he says if a player is performing well continuously in a tournament and getting confidence to perform much more than his potential that’s the stage where a player’s career click.
It was really dreams come true for Mr. Sharma when his boy Virat Kohli got the Indian Cap. His boys Varun Sood & Neeraj Bansal and many more are also performing excellently to get the same height as Virat achieved. Mr. Sharma taught them very useful tips of the gentle game and gave them the tonic of confidence besides regular practice. He made them technically, mentally and physically sound to excel in Cricket game. Mr. Sharma is indeed Dronacharya of Cricket game.
Interviewed by S.S.Dogra