Saurasish Lahiri Exclusive: Bengal stalwart speaks on Life as a Coach, Mukesh Kumar and incredible Surya

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A
stalwart
of
Bengal
cricket,
Saurasish
Lahiri
has
represented
Bengal
for
more
than
15
years
and
now
serves
as
the
bowling
coach
of
the
senior
Bengal
team.


MyKhel

had
an
interactive
chat
with
the
former
Bengal
spin
wizard,
and
we
unearthed
some
beautiful
gems.
Here
is
the
transcript
of
the
interview-

On
Thoughts
of
the
Bengal
Team
in
the
current
season:

Saurasish
Lahiri
says
Bengal
has
the
potential
to
go
all
the
way,
especially
after
some
convincing
performances
in
the
last
two
or
three
years,
but
he
believes
they
can
get
the
elusive
trophy
this
year.


“Yes,
definitely
we
have
the
potential
(Bengal
can
be
Champions).
In
the
last
two
or
three
years,
we
were
close
to
winning
it
but
we
couldn’t
cross
the
final
hurdle.
But
we
have
started
very
well
and
the
greatest
thing
is
that
the
core
nucleus
of
the
squad
has
remained
the
same.
We
are
playing
some
very
good
cricket
and
are
one
of
the
main
contenders
to
win
the
Ranji
this
year.
But
we
have
to
keep
in
mind
that
Ranji
is
a
Marathon,
hence
you
have
to
be
very
careful.”

On
the
Coach
and
the
Ambitions:


“We
try
to
tick
all
the
boxes
and
work
very
hard
to
leave
no
stone
unturned.
The
boys
have
also
responded
well
in
different
situations.
And
we
have
got
a
new
coach
(Laxmi
Ratan
Shukla)
who
has
been
a
legend
for
Bengal
and
a
terrific
human
being.
We
are
on
the
right
track
and
we
have
faith
in
ourselves.”

Saurasish Lahiri

Saurasish
Lahiri
is
the
current
bowling
coach
of
Bengal
(Image
Courtesy:
Saurasish
Lahiri)

On
Evolving
as
a
Coach
and
his
vision:

Saurasish
Lahiri
has
just
moved
into
the
new
role
of
coaching
and
already
he
has
sharpened
his
skills
under
the
guidance
of
Rahul
Dravid
and
VVS
Laxman
at
the
NCA.
And
when

MyKhel

asked
about
his
vision
and
learning
curve,
Saurasish
was
quick
to
admit
he
thinks
differently
now.


“I
have
a
different
role
now.
My
first
stint
was
with
under-23
for
the
first
three
years.
We
reached
three
finals
and
won
One
Championship.
Then
I
was
promoted
to
the
senior
team’s
role
and
last
year
was
my
first
year
with
Bengal’s
senior
squad.
We
have
played
some
very
good
cricket
in
the
white
ball
and
so
far
we
have
been
good
in
red
ball
cricket.”

Guidance
from
Rahul
Dravid
and
VVS
Laxman:


“I
am
very
young
and
I
am
learning
this
trade.
I
was
fortunate
to
work
with
Rahul
Dravid
and
VVS
Laxman
at
NCA
when
I
was
an
intern
as
a
bowling
coach
there.
I
have
a
little
bit
of
experience
now
and
I
have
been
through
many
situations,
and
I
want
to
learn
from
my
experiences
and
mistakes.
I
believe
the
one
who
repeats
one’s
mistakes
the
least,
flies
the
highest,
and
I
just
try
to
implement
that.”

“I
am
preparing
for
my
failure
as
well”

Lahiri
also
believes
the
anticipation
of
a
coach
has
to
be
spot
on.
He
says
he
is
still
learning
the
trade
and
elaborated
perfectly
on
how
he
is
equipping
himself
for
a
low-key
moment
in
his
coaching
career.


“I
have
seen
only
success
in
my
coaching
career
and
I
know
there
will
be
failure.
So
I
am
preparing
myself
for
that
as
well
as
it
is
quite
natural.
I
am
very
much
aware
of
it
and
it
will
be
a
challenge
for
me
to
react
accordingly
when
I
face
that
situation.
I
am
learning
every
day
and
I
am
passionate
and
focused
about
my
job.
My
work
will
reflect
through
the
players
as
I
can’t
play
in
the
22
yards
anymore.
We
have
to
take
care
of
the
future
generation
and
through
their
success,
our
success
will
reflect.”

Saurasish
Lahiri
on
Mukesh
Kumar:

Saurasish
Lahiri
has
seen
Mukesh
Kumar
closely.
Mukesh
plays
for
Bengal
and
was
in
the
India
squad
for
the
recently-concluded
T20I
series
against
Sri
Lanka.
Mukesh
was
also
bought
by
Delhi
Capitals
for
a
mammoth
INR
5.5
crore
in
the
recent
IPL
auction.
And
Saurasish
only
had
praises
for
the
Bengal
spearhead-


“He
has
been
an
exceptional
bowler.
He
has
come
from
a
very
humble
background.
He
showed
his
quality
in
the
first
instance
and
since
then
it’s
been
a
long
journey.
He
has
worked
very
hard,
lost
his
father
but
kept
on
fighting
to
fulfil
his
father’s
dream.
I
believe
he
is
a
fantastic
red-ball
bowler.
He
got
all
the
opportunities
in
T20Is,
ODIs
for
India
so
far,
but
I
am
more
than
100
PC
sure
that
if
he
gets
an
opportunity
to
play
in
Test
cricket,
he
will
do
well.”

Saurasish Lahiri

The
Bengal
coach
vividly
remembers
the
journey
of
Mukesh
Kumar
(Image
Courtesy:
Saurasish
Lahiri)

Saurasish
Lahiri
on
Abhimanyu
Easwaran:

Bengal’s
premium
batter
Abhimanyu
Easwaran
became
the
first
Indian
domestic
player
to
play
in
a
ground
that
is
named
after
him,
and
he
scored
a
hundred
in
it
as
well
against
Uttarakhand
in
the
Ranji
Trophy
recently.
Saurasish
hailed
Easwaran
for
his
amazing
journey
so
far
and
believes
he
will
soon
wear
the
India
colours.


“I
was
telling
him
(Easwaran)
that
it
will
be
wonderful
if
he
scores
a
hundred
on
his
own
ground.
And
he
did
that.
He
has
been
fantastic.
At
such
a
young
age,
he
has
piled
up
almost
6500
first-class
runs,
20
hundreds!
He
also
deserves
a
chance
in
the
Test
team
and
so
far
I
believe
he
has
done
enough
to
play
Test
cricket
for
India.”

“Surya
playing
cricket
on
a
different
planet,”
says
Saurasish
Lahiri


MyKhel

asked
Saurasish
Lahiri
about
Suryakumar
Yadav,
the
current
superstar
of
Indian
cricket
who
racked
up
his
3rd
T20I
hundred
on
Saturday
(January
7)
against
Sri
Lanka.


“Look,
I
think
he
is
playing
cricket
in
a
different
planet.
Sometimes
I
just
watch
and
get
amazed
at
the
kinds
of
shots
he
plays.
The
way
he
plays
an
outside
off-stump
delivery
over
the
square
leg
area,
that
depicts
his
footwork
and
strong
wrists.
He
is
just
incredible.
Considering
the
power-hitting
of
Chris
Gayle,
I
think
Suryakumar
Yadav
is
the
most
skilful
batsman
in
the
history
of
T20
cricket,”

Saurasish
Lahiri
concluded.

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