Virat Kohli's Childhood Coach In Race To Become Indian Women's Coach

Last Update on: August 13th, 2018 at 07:56 pm

Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of Indian captain Virat Kohli, is reportedly in line to become the head coach of Indian women’s team.

The Indian team is without a permanent head coach since Tushar Arothe resigned from the post in July under controversial circumstances. The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI allegedly received complaints from senior players about his training methods.

“You can’t allow practice methods to be dictated by the girls. If these girls want to achieve something, they need to come out of their comfort zone. They don’t want to do that. The BCCI should not entertain such requests from cricketers (to change the coach),” Arothe had told The Times of India.

Indian women's team, Rajkumar Sharma
Rajkumar Sharma has made it to BCCI’s shortlist to become Indian women’s team head coach

Former India spinner Ramesh Powar is currently the interim coach of the team as the BCCI continues its search to replace Arothe. Powar supervised the 12-day camp in Bengaluru in July-August.

And according to The Hindu, Rajkumar Sharma is one of the candidates to bag the role. The report claimed that the BCCI has shortlisted six candidates after initially interviewing over 20 aspirants. The six remaining candidates are Mamatha Maben, Sunil Joshi, Ramesh Powar, Atul Bedade, Sanath Kumar and Rajkumar Sharma.

Indian women's team, Rajkumar Sharma
Rajkumar Sharma with Virat Kohli

Rajkumar has decent credentials to become the head coach. He has experiencing of coaching Delhi’s junior teams in the past. The 53-year-old has also applied for the post of Delhi Ranji Trophy team’s head coach.

Meanwhile, the BCCI is likely to name the next coach by the time the team leaves for Sri Lanka. The team will play three ICC championship ODIs in Sri Lanka in September.India will also play five T20 games during the Lanka tour. After that, they will travel to the Caribbeans for the ICC World T20.


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