Former India National Cricket Team opening batsman Lalchand Rajput, who has been associated with Zimbabwe Cricket first as a head coach and then as a technical director, just a few days ahead of the India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 said that he is excited to meet VVS Laxman and Co.
The India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 consists of a three-match ODI series that will be played on August 18, 20 and 22 in Harare. KL Rahul will be leading Team India in the series and VVS Laxman will be assisting Men In Blue on the tour along with his NCA staff in the absence of head coach Rahul Dravid.
In an interview with TOI, Lalchand Rajput expressed excitement at the prospect of meeting his old cricketing friends from India, saying that “it will be good to catch up” with Laxman and other members of the support staff.
He elaborated: “It will be good to catch up with my old friends, especially VVS Laxman (NCA head, India head coach for this tour), and other members of India’s support staff, as some of them were under me when I was the batting coach at NCA.
“Players like KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi were under me at the specialist batting academy and Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel were with me on a couple of tours with India A, where I was the coach.”
It will be good if the BCCI ensures that Team India play often with sides like Zimbabwe – Lalchand Rajput
In the same interview, Lalchand was asked whether he thinks that the BCCI should ensure that Team India will play with Zimbabwe once every year. He replied by saying that the BCCI ensuring Men In Blue will play against teams like Zimbabwe would help in the overall development of the game in the countries.
He said: “It will be good if the BCCI ensures that Team India plays often with sides like Zimbabwe as it motivates our younger players to take up this game and also helps in the overall development of the game in these countries.”
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