Woorkeri Venkat Raman, one of the finest first-class cricketer for Tamil Nadu turner India women’s team coach, turned 55 on Saturday. WV took helm of the national women’s team in 2018 after serving as a batting coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Under the watchful eyes of WV Raman India whitewashed New Zealand 3-0, the West Indies 5-0 and defeated South Africa 3-1 in a six-match series.
In the T20 World Cup final this year, India made their maiden appearance, losing to the record champions Australia. Under Raman, the Indian women’s cricket team, has made a significant rise in international cricket and continues to grow.
WV Raman: As a player
Raman was a right-handed batsman who liked to stand tall on the stumps. He started as a spinner and had the ability to outwit a batsman. Raman, however, could not play much in the international cricket but was a success for his state team. He played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs with an average of nearly 24 in both the formats.
Raman was a success for his state team. He scored over 7900 runs for Tamil Nadu at an average of 45.62. He had also notched up 19 centuries and 36 half-centuries in the format besides picking up 85 wickets.
WV Raman: What is he up to now?
WV Raman is currently at home in the lockdown situation as awaits for the season to resume. He is however a regular on social media and shared a touching message about his father on Twitter today. In the message, he writes, “15 years ago today, my dad gave me money & said, “want you to celebrate your b’day on my account”.My puzzled look prompted him to say, “40 yrs old, yes, still my son.Anyway..pause..HB”. That pause worried me for some reason, 2 days later he died. B’days were never the same since”.
WV Raman: Lesser known facts
WV Raman picked up a wicket in first over of his Test career in form of the West Indies pace legend Courtney Walsh. He had also notched up a triple century for his state team against Goa in 1988-89 and ended up being the highest run scorer in the Ranji season. His international career, which never got going, was further overshadowed with Vinod Kambli’s selection.