India’s ace fast bowler Ishant Sharma visited the Bennett University in Greater Noida for a cricket workshop and shared his wisdom about the game and fitness mantras with aspiring young players in a tête-à-tête.
His first advice to the youngsters was, “You should never be afraid to make mistakes because one learns from mistakes." This was in answer to one of the students asking, “If you make mistakes on the field, how do you cope with them?”
One of the students also asked him about the difference of captaincy between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni and Ishant said, “Mahi calm hain aur Kohli aggressive hai, yehi difference hai.”
Vishesh Raidu, a second-year student of Bennett, told TOI, “It was a great session for young players like us. I play cricket and his tips would help us a lot. He told us about the temperament that one needs to have while playing and that it is very important to have self-belief.”
“This is the first time that I have come to any university. It is a great university, quite big. I am talking from a cricketer’s point of view and universities like these are perfect training grounds for cricketers. I would love to come back here. Cricket has given me a lot and I want to share my experience with upcoming cricketers,” Ishant said about his visit to the university.
Ishant also spoke a lot about the aspect of fitness and said, “It is very important for schools, colleges, and universities to organize fitness workshops for students. When I was in school, no cricketer ever visited our institute. But it's important that aspiring cricketers get to interact with players they idolize. Cricket is a very popular game, but it can get stressful for aspiring players. Parents often put a lot of pressure on youngsters to pursue the game and excel in it and make it to at least the IPL, if not the national side. So from a young age, cricketers should learn to handle stress."