Wasim Jaffer has been one of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuit for over two decades. He has over 17,000 First-Class runs to his name and became the first to score 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy. He served Mumbai for 20 years, but moved to Vidarbha a couple of seasons back. Jaffer has also scored 1,944 runs in 31 Tests for India at 34.10. Jaffer believes that it is becoming increasingly difficult to teach youngsters how to play orthodox shots. He believes that the kids are getting influenced by watching the likes of AB de Villiers play the reverse sweep or Tillakaratne Dilshan playing the Dilscoop. READ: Wasim Jaffer becomes first batsman to score 10,000 runs in Ranji Trophy
“Batting has undergone lots of change from the time I started. Nobody wants to play orthodox cricket. It’s very difficult to teach the kids orthodox shots now, because they don’t watch that on TV. What they want to play is AB de Villiers’ reverse sweep or the Dilscoop. It becomes very difficult to make them understand that they have to perfect their basics first,” said Jaffer, according to timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Jaffer also believes that it is not good enough to be good in just one format anymore. “It’s not enough to be good in just one format anymore. You need to adapt. That’s most essential for a batsman nowadays,” he said.
Jaffer runs a coaching clinic called Centre of Excellence for Cricket in Mumbai. He says that he loves to help individuals improve their game. He proudly mentions helping out current Indian cricketers like Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane as well. “I’ve always been that guy who likes to guide youngsters like I did with Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. I do enjoy this side, especially when you see a player executing a particular shot well because you spent time teaching him,” he said. READ: Armaan Jaffer: Advanced version of uncle Wasim Jaffer
“Of course, there are challenges like understanding the different mindsets of each player or being patient when someone is not performing well, but I’m enjoying it and will definitely look to continue this,” he added.