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The well-known sports personalities whose input has gone into developing our training manuals and learning sessions.

Prakash Padukone
Prakash Padukone Associated with Grassroots Sport

One of India’s legendary sportsmen, Prakash Padukone reigned as the country’s badminton champion through much of the 1970s. He was also the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Badminton Championship in 1980. This victory earned him the World No. 1 ranking and propelled him into the league of the world’s best badminton players. With his mild off-court persona and competitiveness as a player, Prakash was dubbed the ‘Gentle Tiger’ of the sport. After retiring from active playing, Prakash coached the Indian national badminton team in 1993 and 1996. He was awarded the Arjuna award in 1972 and the Padma Shri in 1982 for his contribution to India’s sporting scene.


VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman Associated with Grassroots Sport and Lessons from Sport

A ‘wristy, willowy and sinuous figure’ on the Indian cricketing circuit, VVS Laxman is noted for his technical fluidity as a batsman. On more than one occasion, he has punished Australian bowlers with his knack for hitting a ball towards the boundary on either side of the field. His 281 against Australia in 2001 was, at the time, the highest individual score by an Indian in a test match. Laxman is recognised as a positive player on the field – one who consistently places the team above self.

Achanta Sharath Kamal
Achanta Sharath Kamal Associated with Grassroots Sport

Achanta Sharath Kamal is a young table tennis player who already has a number of achievements in the sport under his belt. These include Commonwealth championship titles and the US Open Table Tennis Championship of 2010. Sharath represented India in the 2004 Olympics and has held the No. 1 spot in the country for a few years in a row. In 2004, Sharath also received the Arjuna award for his significant contribution to national sports.

Anil Kumble
Anil Kumble Drives all of TENVIC’s Core Businesses

Anil Kumble’s 18-year cricket career has spanned many significant achievements. The one that outshines all the others was the time when he bagged 10 wickets in a single innings. Only two bowlers top his tally of 619 test wickets. Kumble was recognized as a skilled and consistent player as well as an effective leader. Kumble’s personal traits - toughness, self-assurance, empathy and adaptability, to name a few – also contribute to his success off the field.

Aakash Chopra
Associated with Grassroots Sport and Lessons from Sport

Aakash Chopra was a member of the Indian team in 2003-04 when he proved his mettle as a classical opening batsman. With a calm demeanor and a jovial approach to the game, Aakash featured in many solid batting partnerships during that season. Currently, Aakash is also a regular cricket columnist and the author of ‘Beyond the Blues’, an account of his 2007-08 domestic season that has won critical acclaim. In November 2011, Harper Collins published his second book titled ‘Out of the Blue’.

Muttiah Muralitharan
Associated with Grassroots Sport and Branding and Sport

Muttiah Muralitharan is a former Sri Lankan cricketer who was rated the greatest test match bowler ever by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2002. He retired from Test cricket in 2010, after bagging his 800th and final wicket from his final ball in his last Test match. Muttiah played for the Chennai Super Kings till the 2010 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) before moving to the Kochi Tuskers for the 2011 season.