The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed former cricketer and selector Vikram Rathour as Team India batting coach. Speaking on his appointment, Rathour said its a matter of privilege and pride for him to get the job.
Sanjay Bangar‘s tenure as the head coach came to an end after the World Cup. The BCCI extended his tenure by 45 days until the West Indies tour. The management, who was not happy with Bangar’s work decided to terminate his tenure. Instead, they have appointed Rathour as the batting coach.
The 50-year-old Vikram Rathour has played six Tests and seven ODIs in 1996 without much success but was a domestic heavyweight for Punjab. Till 2016, he was a senior national selector under Sandeep Patil’s chairmanship.
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The former cricketer said that it was something he always wanted to do when he joined coaching. Rathour also said it was absolutely a matter of pride for him to be associated with the national team.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be working with the Indian Cricket Team. When I started coaching, this was one thing I was looking at. You want to coach well, do well and do enough that you can be a part of this great setup,” Rathour said to BCCI.
Speaking about his plan, Vikram Rathour stated that it is more about man management at this level. He also said that he wants to create an environment where players are not afraid of making mistakes. Rathour had identified the area of mistakes and wish to rectify them soon.
“At this level, man-management is the key. I want to create an environment where players aren’t scared of making mistakes. You can fail once in a while, but you must learn from your failures and get better,” Rathour added.
In conclusion, Vikram Rathour stated that he knows most of the players from the time of the member of the selection panel which will help him in the coming days.