Dronacharya Cricket Foundation was founded by the legendary coach Gurcharan Singh, who has dedicated his entire life to cricket. Former cricketers like Kirti Azad, Ajay Jadeja, Maninder Singh, Nikhil Chopra, Murali Kartik and many others were groomed by the man himself. He is the first cricketing coach who got the prestigious Dronacharya Award in 1987 and this what inspired him to set-up an academy with the name Dronacharya Cricket Foundation. This temple of cricket came to life in 2001 and there is no looking back for the 80-year old Gurcharan Singh since then. It has become one of the best cricket centres in a short span of time where cricketers are trained under the watchful eyes of Gurcharan Singh. There are 4 turf and 1 cemented and astro turf wicket each in the academy. The availability of flood lights, bowling machines and other high tech equipments is another area which sets this place apart from other academies in Delhi & NCR.
According to Gurcharan Singh, his main motto is to work on the development of the budding cricketers in order to prepare them for bright future. He has kept the strength around 200 boys as this helps him and his team of 6 coaches to look after each and every aspect of their game. The student of the academy are visiting United Kingdom since long where they are made to play around 16 matches in a span of 20 to 30 days. Sonu Vaid, the former Delhi Ranji player, is one of the renowned coaches in the academy. His experience of playing at the highest level of domestic cricket is helping students a lot. Dronacharya Cricket Foundation is also providing coaching to underprivileged kids that too free of cost. There is a system in place wherein ten to fifty percent of the admission quota is reserved for students who can’t afford fee and other basic necessities. The academy takes care of each and every requirement for such students. Crictoday spoke to some of the students in order to get fair idea about the academy and its functionalities. Here are the excerpts...
Bhawanpreet Singh – He is representing Dronacharya Cricket Foundation in Under-19 category and was full of praise for this place. According to him, Gurcharan Singh has made the place a must visit for the youngsters. He has learnt a lot from the legendary man, who continues to work on his game.
Gagan Bhatia- He is a regular member of the Under-23 Delhi side and has given credit to Dronacharya Cricket Foundation for his rise as a cricketer. He even rated this place as the best among the academies across national capital region.
Rating – We were impressed by the energy and zeal of 80-year old Gurcharan Singh. He is personally supervising the daily routine of the academy and is even working hard on the game of young lads despite his growing age. His experience and the availability of best facilities has made Dronacharya Cricket Foundation a nursery of great talent. Crictoday gives them 4.5 out of 5.