Members of the Hyderabad Chargers and the Kerala Killers, which were in the preparatory camp at the Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy Indoor Stadium in the city, could not have expected for a more experienced and practical gentleman than Dronacharya Shyam Sunder to give them a few valuable points to ponder.
“This IVL is a huge platform given to you all to perform. Now, the future is in your hands. The success of the IVL itself depends on how well you keep doing well over a period of time,” was the plain-speaking of Shyam Sunder the other day. And, he also drove home the point that this IVL is a concept which was not even dreamt off a few years ago and as such the current players should be pleased with this as it not only provides some financial assistance but also the chance to prove their mettle.
“The beauty of this IVL is that it brings together the national, international players along with the contenders for India slots. So, there cannot be a better learning experience than to play alongside with seasoned campaigners,” says the Dronacharya who played the sport with passion for the sport and a huge sense of pride being the biggest motivator and nothing else.
“Yes, it is a pity that the sport in Andhra Pradesh has taken a beating. But, the blame lies with the State government not providing adequate job opportunities. The fact that the best of the spikers from the State are looking to Chennai League is proof of the better opportunities there,” lamented Shyam Sunder.
Not surprisingly, the former India coach insists that the IVL doesn't mean the need to tampering with the rules. “Any sport survives on the basics.
So, to be successful in any format, you have to master the basics and the rest will fall in place automatically,” he says.
“Volleyball is still a spectator-friendly sport and if the players ensure quality contests, people love to come to watch the matches and with the IVL being scheduled with some additional attractions like cheer girls, the popularity of the sport is bound to grow a lot,” says Shyam Sunder.
The Dronacharya also has a word of appreciation for former India captain V. Ravikanth Reddy in making efforts to put in place the IVL. “There is a distinct advantage of players getting involved in organising events for they always have a feel of what exactly the players and spectators look for. It is said that foreign players are also likely to take part in the future IVL editions and that should be really great. We all hope that Indian volleyball will look up in the coming days,” he concluded.