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Tamil Nadu – M Venkataramana replaces D Vasu as coach

2021-07-30 17:56:49

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The previous India offspinner says his precedence is to revive the aspect’s Ranji Trophy fortunes

M Venkataramana, the previous India and Tamil Nadu offspinner, has been roped in because the state aspect’s new coach forward of the 2021-22 home season, which sees the return of the Ranji Trophy.
Venkataramana takes over from D Vasu, below whom Tamil Nadu loved an unbeaten run to the Syed Mushtaq Ali title this yr. Within the 2019-20 season, Vasu’s Tamil Nadu aspect had completed runners-up in each the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Venkataramana hoped to keep up these requirements in white-ball cricket, however his high precedence is to revive the aspect within the Ranji Trophy. Tamil Nadu haven’t certified for the Ranji knockouts since 2016-17, once they misplaced to Mumbai within the semi-finals.

“Ranji Trophy would be the purpose,” Venkataramana instructed ESPNcricinfo. “We have been doing properly in white-ball cricket for the final two years and now we’ve got to do properly within the red-ball length video games. We begin off with T20 and one-dayers and by then we’ll know who’re the gamers in type – so that may assist us to type a formidable aspect for the length video games.

“Although it is not the only option to select [for the Ranji Trophy] from the one-day aspect, not less than you may see how the blokes are in form after one-and-half years. Already, they’ve carried out an excellent job below earlier coach D Vasu within the shorter variations. We have now to proceed the nice work that Vasu has carried out and I am trying ahead to it [the challenge].”

Tamil Nadu’s gamers are at the moment concerned within the 20-overs Tamil Nadu Premier League in Chennai, which, in accordance with Venkataramana, will assist tune up the gamers for the lengthy season after the Covid-enforced lockdown within the state.

“TNPL will assist the boys to get in form,” Venkataramana stated. “Someplace they’ve game-time and it’ll assist. A sensible cricketer can adapt to any format. For those who’re adequate to play T20 and one-day, you can even play the longer format.”

Venkataramana brings with him TNPL teaching expertise, having been answerable for the Dindigul Dragons from 2016 to 2019. Throughout his tenure, the Dragons reached the knockouts thrice in 4 seasons earlier than S Badrinath took over because the franchise’s coach for the continued season. Along with stints on the NCA [National Cricket Academy] in Bengaluru, Venkataramana has additionally labored on the ICC-accredited bowling-action testing facility in Chennai. Alongside along with his former spin-bowling colleague Vasu, Venkataramana helped appropriate former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha’s motion at that facility.
Venkataramana performed 75 first-class matches and 30 Listing A video games, taking 247 and 36 wickets respectively. In his debut Ranji season, in 1987-88, he emerged because the joint-highest wicket-taker, with 35 strikes in eight matches at a mean of 20.45. Eight of these wickets got here within the ultimate in opposition to Railways at Chepauk, the place Tamil Nadu secured the title with an innings victory.

That season’s efficiency earned Venkataramana an India call-up, however he solely obtained to play one Check and one ODI.

The Indian home season will start on October 20 with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will likely be adopted by the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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