Lalchand Rajput who is currently the chairman of Mumbai Cricket Association’s Indoor Academy, has been selected to coach India ‘A’ team. The India “A” Team will tour West Indies in the coming month of June.

Lalchand Rajput has trained quite a few Under 19 teams and India ‘A’ teams in long ago. He had a brief tenure as manager of the team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni which won the first World Twenty 20 in the year 2007 along with the CB Series in the year 2008.

Lalchand Rajput told DNA that he is elated to be back as a coach. He added that he is happy to have a really talented bunch of young people in the side. He said that if the team is successful in West Indies then it will be a great achievement and will pave the way for getting into the Indian Test Team.

Though he has an amazing track record, Lalchand Rajput had not been considered as a coach for quite some time. When asked if he ever felt disappointed, Rajput said that he was the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Joint Secretary till last year, and therefore it was not possible for him to take up any coaching responsibilities. The World Cup Grand Finale was held in Mumbai, so he was too busy to take up coaching responsibilities, he quipped.

He also reminded that many players who were under his tutelage during their Under 19 days have now climbed the next level. He says that he has seen the development of budding cricketers like Ajinkya Rahane, Piyush Chawla, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Abu Nechim, Abhinav Mukund and Shahbaz Nadeem. He wishes that the current bunch of players he will be training now to reaches the pinnacle of success.