The 39-year-old, Ajay Ratra, recently coached the Assam state team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and the Vijay Hazare 50-over Trophy. Ratra, who became the youngest wicketkeeper  to score a Test hundred [against West Indies] during India’s 2002 tour of the Caribbean, has also coached the Punjab state team in the past besides working as fielding and wicketkeeping coach for the Indian women’s cricket team.
The former Indian stumper, who is currently employed by the ONGC as Corporate Communications Manager, will be joining the like of Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Pravin Amre, and James Hopes in the Delhi Capitals think-tank.
“I am honoured to join Delhi Capitals as Assistant Coach. This is a very exciting team to work with, abundant with talent. I can’t wait to meet the team and contribute to its success. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this wonderful opportunity.” said Ajay Ratra in an official statement.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals CEO Vinod Bisht said on the development-
“We would like to welcome Ajay Ratra to the Delhi Capitals family. His experience, as player and coach will be invaluable, as we look to take the franchise from strength to strength. We are excited to have him on board, and wish him all the very best for the upcoming season.”
The 2021 season of the Indian Premier League will kickstart on April 09 and it still remains to be seen who will lad the Delhi Capitals this year in the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who has been ruled out due to shoulder injury.