Hyderabad: If left-handed Australian opener David Warner is good with his switch hits it is because he is comfortable both as a left-hander or right hander from his childhood. It was only at the insistence of his school coach he became a left handed batsman.
Participating in the Black Tie, the official launch of VVS Foundation and fund-raiser event organised at Taj Krishna on Friday night, Warner, who was one of the panel speakers, said although he was very good in the shorter format, he always dreamt of being a quality Test player too. But he had to work very hard to succeed in Test cricket. He recalled that he was very naughty in the school.
Among the second panel of speakers, India’s World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh revealed that his father (Yograj Singh) was his biggest mentor. “He was a taskmaster. I used to crib then but now I realised how important it is to be disciplined to be successful in any aspect of life,” he said.
He also insisted that Test cricket is the ultimate for any cricketer. The role of mentor is equally important to guide one in critical phases of their careers.
National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand addressed the challenges he faced as a player then as a coach. He spoke of the sort of hurdles he faces at the academy. He stressed the importance of a strong mindset.
Earlier, State IT Minister KT Rama Rao, who spoke in the first panel of speakers, recalled how he closely followed VVS Laxman’s epic knock of 281 in the Kolkata Test against Australia even though there was no web and live telecast of the match. The Minister donated Rs 10 lakhs to the Foundation and made a passionate plea to come forward and help the charity works being undertaken by the celebrities in their own way.
He said his ultimate target is to help his father and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao realise the dream of making Telangana the best State.
Film star Samantha Ruth recalled her childhood struggle when she had tough time taking care of even the basic needs. Then she realised the importance of education and also as the best tool to keep looking ahead and dream big.