Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of Team India captain Virat Kohli, has been appointed as the head coach of the Delhi Ranji team for the upcoming 2020-21 domestic season. The 55-year old had plied his trade as a bowling coach for Delhi during the last season when KP Bhaskar was the coach. Rajkumar Sharma is also a former first-class player from Delhi.
He won the prestigious Dronacharya award – the highest government award for sports coaches – in 2016. He is not new to being a head coach either. Rajkumar Sharma has coached Associate team Malta, won the CK Nayudu Trophy (Under-23) as head coach with Delhi and also been part of a camp with the India A women’s team as a coach.
With his promotion, former India batsman Gursharan Singh has been named the assistant coach of the team. Singh, who played one Test and one ODI in New Zealand in 1990, coached Uttarakhand last year and has been involved with various state teams since 2007.
The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) also named Ashu Dani as the chairperson of the selection committee. These appointments were announced after they were recommended on December 19 by the cricket advisory committee of the DDCA, which is now headed by Rohan Jaitley, son of the late Arun Jaitley, who also served as the vice-president of the BCCI and president of the DDCA.
Virat Kohli to return home:
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s sojourn in Australia has come to an end with the first Test in Adelaide. The 32-year old will miss the remaining three Tests of the Border-Gavaskar series to attend the birth of his first child. Virat Kohli is expected to return to action in February when India host England.