Ashim Sunam (AS): What does Sehwag Cricket Academy primarily focus on?
Virender Sehwag (VS): The focus primarily lies on the basics of the game of cricket. They are too young to understand about various things, so they should stick to the basics. As of now, these students are dealing about different aspects of the game, where they learn about the art of fielding, bowling and batting. These kids will learn as they grow up.
AS : When does your role come in to teach the kids about the game?
VS: See, the most important thing for the kids is that they need to be provided with basic facilities in order to learn the game then they need to work hard and learn about the techniques, after which my role comes in.
AS: What about the next academy, which you are planning to open in Jammu?
VS: Yes, the academy in Jammu is going to be the fifth one, after the one in Jhajjar road (Haryana), Lajpat Nagar (Delhi), Ghaziabad (Noida) and Kunskapsskolan (Gurgaon) . The academy is going to be opened in a few days time or so, but that depends on the weather as well, for if it rains, it would not be possible to launch the academy on the day.
AS: Do you plan to open such academies in different states of India as well?
VS: (Pauses for a while) ...As of now, that would be too early to say.
AS: You also want to spread the academy to the weaker sections as well. Is it correct?
VS: I would love to spread the academies to smaller towns also, as they would not be able to come to major cities and learn about the game. But, if you provide them with facilities in their hometown, then they are surely going to come to the academy and their interest about the game are bound to increase.
AS: How happy would you be if one of your students turns out to be the next Sehwag of Indian cricket?
VS: (Laughs) Not necessarily Sehwag, but yes, if one of my students from the academy goes on to represent India, that would make me very happy. That would be the best gift for me. I would be proud of it.