Indian domestic news October 18, 2010

Prabhakar aims to transform Delhi into Ranji contenders

ESPNcricinfo staff

Manoj Prabhakar, the newly-appointed Delhi coach, has set his sights on building the side into serious contenders for the Ranji Trophy. Despite supplying a regular stream of players to the national side, Delhi have struggled to shine in the premier domestic event, winning the competition only seven times in its 75-year history - a record that Prabhakar hopes improve.

"My goal is to prepare a team with a solid combination of seniors and juniors that can't be pushed for the next five years and who play three Ranji finals in the next four years," Prabhakar told Mail Today. "There was a time when playing for Delhi virtually meant that you have 50% chances of playing in the Indian team. I want to restore that belief among the players."

The last time Delhi won the Ranji Trophy was in 2007-08 when Prabhakar was the bowling coach. He has now been given a broader role by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA). Many of Delhi's big names - Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra and Ishant Sharma - will be away on intertnational duty, but Prabhakar was confident of building the team around younger talent.

"If Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan are available, it'll be good as they will form the core of the team. We also have some bright youngsters like batsman Unmukt Chand, legspinner Vikas Mishra, and left-arm pacer Pawan Suyal. Even if they sit out, they would learn something from their seniors.

Prabhakar's first assignment will be the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament, with the North Zone leg set to commence on October 20. "Delhi are playing five of their seven matches at home and we can prepare pitches according to our strength. If we have pace-bowlers in good shape and form, we might go for green-top pitches, though it remains to be seen how sporting they would be," said Prabhakar, who was renowned for reverse swing during his playing days.

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  • bharath74 on October 20, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Manoj Prabhakar is a fighter thats what Sachin Tendulkar said, we dont need other people opinions.

  • Manasvi on October 20, 2010, 20:38 GMT

    Delhi certainly has some very promising young players. Vikas Mishra is only 17 and he could be India's future spinner along with somebody like Aushik Srinivas. Unmukt Chand will probably play at least one U19 WC for India and Pawan Suyal is also a good domestic prospect.

  • Yusuf on October 19, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    A bowler who betrayed his nation for a few bucks, is appointed as a coach.. shame shame BCCI.. If this trend continues, sooner or later we will also have Amirs and Butts doing match fixing in the indian team... Go Prabhakar Hide your face somewhere

  • sandeep on October 19, 2010, 4:40 GMT


  • Krishnasamy on October 19, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Real shame to let a tainted player coach youngsters ... I dont know what BCCI is doing... And playing under such a coach will be a real shame...

  • Vinay on October 18, 2010, 21:55 GMT

    Manoj Prabhakar fixed games. Manoj Prabhakar sold India. And today he is coaching the Delhi state side....This is why few people I know watch cricket anymore....If not for Sachin Tendulkar...I wouldn't either...

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Manoj Prabhakar was a fighter and good of luck

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