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Top 5 coaches in India at the moment

Jai Prakash
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 05:43 IST

“Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students” – Charles Kuralt. 

This quote is applicable to all the teachers out there who strive day in, day out to endure their wards gets the best education to succeed in this highly competitive world. When it comes to sports, some athletes are born with talent, while others work extremely hard to reach their peak. 

The role of coaches therefore is to mould these athletes into world-class ones by fine tuning their skills. A lot of work goes into physical and mental aspects of their games to ensure they can perform at their best in any situation during a match.

Let us take a look at 5 best coaches in India right now.

5. Balwan Singh

Indian Kabaddi team has been extremely successful under Balwan Singh

Balwan Singh has seen the growth of Kabaddi in India as both a player and a coach. Singh was part of the Indian team that won gold medals in the 1988 Asian Kabaddi Championship and 1989 SAF Games.

Singh started his coaching assignment in 1996 and is going strong having helped India win several medals at international events.

Under the tutelage of Singh, India won six World Cups and three gold medals at the Asian Games. The Government of India honored Balwan Singh with the Dronacharya award in 2005.

4. Cyrus Poncha

Indian squash has risen to new heights thanks to Cyrus Poncha

Indian squash players  are proving to be a force to contend with on the world stage with each passing year. The likes of Saurav Ghosal, Dipika Pallikal, Joshna Chinappa, Harinder Pal Sandhu are household names after their achievements at various international events.


The driving force behind these successes over the past decade  has been Cyrus Poncha.  He is currently training players at the Indian Squash Academy (ISA) in Chennai. Poncha lays a lot of emphasis on fitness and believes it is crucial for any squash player before they hit the ground running.

Dipika and Joshna won India's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in women's doubles. The men's team won gold at the Incheon Asian Games after Saurav Ghosal narrowly missed out on the yellow metal in the singles final.

A lot of youngsters are now interested in squash thanks to continued efforts of Poncha and ISA. Poncha recently received the coach of the year award for the team event by the Asian Squash Federation.

The Government of India conferred Dronacharya award on Poncha in 2005.

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