‘Sachin Tendulkar was stunned when he saw Sushant Singh Rajput bat’: Kiran More

Updated: June 14, 2020 7:41:34 pm

Former India wicket-keeper Kiran More skilled Sushant Singh Rajput in 2016. (Source: File Photo)

Former India wicket-keeper and chairman of nationwide choice committee Kiran More was concerned within the making of the film ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ starring Sushant Singh Rajput. More, the film’s cricket guide, was tasked with serving to Rajput bat and hold wickets like Dhoni.

From the helicopter shot, to the push to cowl and his glovework, More spent many months explaining the film’s lead character the nuances of Dhoni’s batting. On the day Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai home, More spoke to Devendra Pandey, reliving the times with the departed who was so profitable in bringing the actual Dhoni to the reel world.


I bear in mind the second when Sachin Tendulkar was left stunned when he saw Sushant Singh batting. Sushant was engaged on a biopic of MS Dhoni and I was requested by the director Neeraj Pandey and the producer Arun Pandey to teach him on wicketkeeping and batting. Just a few weeks into the coaching, I bear in mind Sushant practising the well-known Helicopter shot of Dhoni. That’s when Tendulkar got here to the coaching floor at BKC Bandra, a Mumbai suburb.

Tendulkar was watching from the gallery and when I met him later, after follow, he requested me, “who is this boy? He is batting so well. Itni achi batting kar rah hai!” I instructed him that it’s the actor Sushant, who’s getting ready for a biopic on Dhoni. Tendulkar was so shocked and mentioned, “he can play proper professional cricket if he wants to. He seems that good”.

I had first met Sushant on the Taj Hotel Bandra and since I was a wicketkeeper for India, the director and producer had wished me to teach him. Everything was mounted and we mentioned how we’ll go about it.

It was a problem for me to make an actor play like a cricketer and that too somebody unorthodox like MS Dhoni. Sushant got here along with his spotboy, safety guard, and a helper for the primary session and I took him apart to inform him that from subsequent day, he ought to come on his personal, choose the package bag, and enter the bottom. I bear in mind telling him, if you wish to be a cricketer, you need to behave like one.

Sushant Singh Rajput, MS DHONI: THE Untold Story, A body from the 2016 movie ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’. (Source: File Photo)

He took it to his coronary heart. From the subsequent day, he would carry his personal package bag and stroll into the world. He confirmed super self-discipline; it doesn’t matter what late-night taking pictures he had, he can be on the bottom the subsequent day at 7 am. And on uncommon days he got here late, he would gamely take the “punishment” of coaching for additional time or taking extra catches than regular.

It wasn’t a straightforward position in any respect as he didn’t simply wish to hit the ball like a cricketer however he wished it to do in the way in which Dhoni does. That model wasn’t straightforward however he labored so arduous at it.

I by no means thought he can be so good, to be sincere. He was hit on the face many occasions; on his chest and on the again as effectively. I used to get anxious as he was an actor and his face is so valuable to them however he by no means mentioned something. His arduous work mirrored within the film. We have seen biopics of cricketers earlier than like Azharuddin however Sushant was miles away in bringing the actual Dhoni to the reel world.

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He used to ship me batting movies that he would do in his constructing compound. “Sir aaj yehi shot kiya, aaj woh shot kiya.” ( I did this at the moment, did that). I bear in mind he practised the helicopter shot for therefore many days to good it and the day he nailed it, he was so excited. “Sir, at the moment I’ll solely play this shot to all balls. How many occasions he whiplashed away that day! In truth, after Dhoni, if I’ve seen anybody play that shot the very best, it must be Sushant. He was that good.

He impressed each cricketer who saw him. Arjun, Sachin’s son, used to bounce at him and he would hook like an expert batsman. Arjun even requested him what bat he makes use of and whether or not he might get the identical piece of wooden.

We labored for 9 months in all. Sushant was honest, educated (he had carried out his engineering) and was prepared to work arduous. I bear in mind he used to speak about eager to shift houses from Versova to Bandra; he had instructed me he had seen a few homes. He wished to purchase a specific automotive. He wished the great life and was able to work arduous for it. I was moved by his work ethic and gave him my India tracks and he beloved it. He used to put on it at any time when he went to see matches on the floor. What a narrative he had and that story sadly has now tragically minimize quick.

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