Ajay Ratra, who recently coached the Assam state team in the recently concluded domestic tournaments Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament and the Vijay Hazare Trophy was named as assistant coach of Delhi Capitals.
The Delhi Capitals will have two assistant coaches for IPL 2021, with Ajay Ratra, the former India wicketkeeper, joining Mohammad Kaif in a similar role. Their backroom contingent also consists of Ricky Ponting (head coach), Pravin Amre (batting consultant), and James Hopes (bowling coach).
On his appointment, Ratra in a statement said: “I am honoured to join Delhi Capitals as Assistant Coach. This is a very exciting team to work with, abundant with talent. I can’t wait to meet the team and contribute to its success. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”
“We would like to welcome Ajay Ratra to the Delhi Capitals family,” said franchise’s CEO Vinod Bisht, on the development. “His experience, as player and coach will be invaluable, as we look to take the franchise from strength to strength. We are excited to have him on board, and wish him all the very best for the upcoming season.”
The 39-year-old wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra, recently coached the Assam state team in the T20-Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament and the 50 overs-Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has coached the Punjab state team in the past too and has worked as a Fielding and Wicketkeeping Coach with the Indian Women’s Cricket Team during camps. This will be his first brush with an IPL franchise.
Ajay Ratra Joins Delhi Capitals Coaching Staff Consisting Of Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Pravin Amre, And James Hopes
Ajay Ratra made history in 2002 when he became the youngest wicketkeeper (aged 20) to score a Test hundred, and the second Indian wicketkeeper to score a century overseas. Ajay Ratra, who is currently employed by ONGC as Manager (Corporate Communications) played 6 Tests and 12 ODIs for India. He joins the Delhi Capitals coaching staff of Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Pravin Amre, and James Hopes.
Ajay Ratra, who made his international debut in 2002, played six Tests and 12 ODIs for India. His maiden Test century against West Indies in Antigua – an unbeaten 115 – made him the fifth-youngest Indian and the youngest wicketkeeper overall to score a Test hundred.
He played 99 first-class matches, scoring 4029 runs at an average of 30.29, which included eight hundred and a double-century. He also played in 89 List A games, scoring 1381 runs at 22.63.
Delhi Capitals, the runners-up of IPL 2020 boast of a strong batting line-up with the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, and Shimron Hetmyer in their ranks, and the former Australian skipper Steve Smith may not even be a sure-shot starter in all 14 matches. But they received a major setback when skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of IPL 2021 for shoulder dislocation.
Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav (Rs 1 crore), Ripal Patel (Rs 20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (Rs 20 lakh), Manimaran Siddharth (Rs 20 lakh), Lukman Meriwala (Rs 20 lakh) were some of the players added to their squad and the latest acquisitions will boost the team. Steve Smith was bought by the Delhi-based franchise for Rs 2.2 crore, while experienced T20 players Tom Curran and Sam Billings were bought for Rs 5.25 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively.
Delhi Capitals consists of the likes of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Chris Woakes to name a few.
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