Indian domestic news July 21, 2010

WV Raman to coach Bengal

Cricinfo staff

WV Raman, the former Indian opener, will be coach of the Bengal cricket team from September this year after a four-year stint as mentor of Tamil Nadu. He takes over from former India allrounder, Roger Binny, who oversaw an indifferent previous season for Bengal.

Raman, who had previously coached Bengal in 2001, said he wanted to shift from Tamil Nadu as they had a well-established young unit. "After four years, a time comes to decide whether you need to continue or not," he said. "If you look at it, I sort of revived Tamil Nadu and now a young side is doing duty, which can last for another seven-eight years. That being the case I thought I will have a change. What could be done to rebuild the Bengal side?"

This will be Bengal's fourth coach in four years, with two of Raman's immediate predecessors - Utpal Chaterjee and Binny - having lasted only a season each.

"In fact, Bengal wanted me two years ago," Raman said. "I thought I cannot leave Tamil Nadu in the midst of them getting into the groove. I did not want to leave half way through since the job what I wanted to do was not complete."

When asked whether former captain Sourav Ganguly would play in the Ranji Trophy, Raman said "Ganguly might play one-dayers for Bengal, if he is going to play in the IPL next season."

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  • shuva on July 27, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    now it`s the time for bengal to win the ranji trophy.......... we have waited a lot and hope dat bengal ends up as the best team in the upcoming season.. WV RAMAN has it`s own reputation of guiding a team and hope bengal will find the perfect mentor in him.....

  • sandy on July 24, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    raaman has done his part in rebuilding the team after the generation of ramesh,badani,sriram and sarath..all the best to him to build a formidable bengal team..

  • Dummy4 on July 23, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    TN always misses Yomi when they enter Q/F or S/F!!!! He can hit the deck really hard, in dead wickets!! And they do need a fast bowler to really win the Ranji Trophy!!! Mukund and Ashwin are excellent prospects!!!

    Last two occasions, TN was unfortunate to play on Dead wickets!!! If they get good wickets, TN will be Ranji champions too like they are in One Dayers!!!

  • gopal on July 22, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    In my view, Raman still has some unfinished business with TN team... Ranji trophy is the ultimate prize... though TN reaches QF / SF on a regular basis, they still lack the punch on a crunch game.. Raman should have left after TN winning a Ranji!! However, i fully respect his decision to leave as he has done a fabulous job in building a team that was lost to ICL a few years back. All the best sir!

  • Dummy4 on July 21, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    As one of the regular visitors to Chepauk on Ranji matches, I feel this is not a right step taken by Raman. He did a great job, built our team and instileld the winning spirit but he really had to guide the team to a Ranji win, which has been elusive for 22 years now.. The team improved leaps and bounds during his period and another season or two, we could definitely win the title. This will shock many of the team members esp. DK and Badri who forged a great team together with Raman.. Hope we replace him with someone who will keep up the good work and lead us to glory!!

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