Birthday Special: Pravin Amre's most famous wards
Pravin Amre is one of the most sought after personal coaches for current cricketers. Here's a who's who of India cricket who have sought his help.
Former India batsman Pravin Amre is credited for being the turnaround man behind Ajinkya Rahane's success in South Africa and New Zealand. "I have been practicing with wet balls as well as plastic balls with Amre sir. That should help me in South Africa," Rahane had said at the time. Amre also helped Rahane master the art of "employing baseball technique while batting" so that the Mumbai youngster could generate more power in his strokes in the shortest format. While Rahane's technique is suited for Test, Amre's 'Out of the Box' thinking helped him rejig his game to meet the demands of T20 cricket.
Ravindra Jadeja was just another junior cricketer unable to translate his talent into performances. The Saurashtra cricketer has admitted Mumbai's Ranji Trophy coach Pravin Amre's influence in his growth as a batsman. In 2006, Jadeja went to the National Cricket Academy and Amre was the batting coach. Amre awas the coach when jadeja was picked to tour Australia with the India 'A' side for the Emerging Players' tournament. "We did a lot of work on his batting. His grip and footwork had to be reworked so that he could play a lot more shots. He worked hard on it and that's helping him score heavily," Amre had said. Jadeja too is quick to appreciate Amre's help. "That played a big role in my success this year as I got a high amount of my runs from the back-foot shots," he had said at the time.
Suresh Raina, whose modest record in Tests is in sharp contrast to his performance in limited overs cricket, said the batting tips he got from former India player Pravin Amre ahead of India 'A' team's tour game against the visiting England team in 2012 was worthwhile. "With so many formats to switch between, it sometimes gets difficult and you need somebody to observe you and guide you all the time. Look at sports like tennis and shooting, the coach always travels with the sportsman," he said. Raina also said Amre knows about his batting as the latter has been watching him since his days as a junior with Air India.
In his effort to return to the Indian team, he shifted base from Bangalore to Mumbai to train under Pravin Amre, who is his personal coach. "He rented an apartment in Khar for 11 months. His only goal was to get back into the Indian team and his dedication and determination was unmatched."
After Naman Ojha disappointed during the series vs New Zealand 'A' in 2012, Narendra Hirwani, the former India legspinner, suggested the wicketkeeper-batsman approach batting coach Pravin Amre for guidance. Amre, who had coached Ojha's corporate team, Air India, agreed and the duo worked closely in Mumbai. "We realised there was not much wrong with his technique. In fact, his extraordinary bat speed is his biggest strength, so there was no point in tinkering with it," Amre had in an interview at the time. "Instead, we realised it was more of a mental problem for him when it came to batting long. We then decided to focus more on building an innings."
Pravin Amre trained upcoming cricketer Harmeet Singh at Shivaji Park in Dadar from a very early age. Amre had said during an interview that Harmmet should be given adequeate chacne to prove himself. "“He is a rare commodity. He’s really talented with skills and right attitude. He’s to be looked after by the people, Amre had said. Amre believes that the youngster has tons of talent but has to be patient for his turn. “Basically, competition will help his performance a lot. And that’s how his confidence will get boosted,” said Amre.
Pravin Amre, one of the few Indian cricketers who made a hundred on debut in a Test match on foreign soil, trained actor Harman S Baweja for his cricket flick 'Victory'.