New Delhi. Today everyone is taking the name of Chandrakant Pandit. This 60-year-old former Indian wicket-keeper batsman has done only a few things. This was his first season as a coach for MP and he also made the team the champion of Ranji Trophy for the first time. Not only this, the team defeated Mumbai’s team, which won the title of First Class tournament for the most 41 times, in the final. Pandit had earlier been successful in taking Madhya Pradesh to the final as a captain. However, in this title match played in 1998-99, MP was defeated by Karnataka. Now after the victory, he must have breathed a sigh of relief. Although Pandit is remembered as a tough coach. They keep a lot of strictness on the players.
Chandrakant Pandit has earlier made Mumbai and Vidarbha champions as a coach. But Vidarbha’s victory was special in this sense, because the team got its first Ranji title in 2017-18 only under Chandrakant’s coaching. The team won the title in 2 consecutive seasons. Now the team of MP was successful in winning the title for the first time. The team is participating in the First Class tournament since 1950-51. That is, he had to wait for 70 years to win. Recently, while talking to Sportstar, he said, ‘I played my cricket in Mumbai. Luckily I was part of a great team. I have never played cricket at a big level, but I was part of a team that had Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil and Ashok Mankad.
Coaching learned from Ashok Mankad
He said that I should thank Ashok Mankad, because he taught me how to coach and captain a team. This has helped me a lot. You have to follow a special process to win. Maybe people call me too strict. You know, the typical rasp. I am that, it is very difficult to make that identity, because everything is being done for the betterment of the players and the team. Regarding the players, he said that they all respect me. I don’t know what they might be saying behind my back, but I don’t care. Because my job and professional is my priority.
Ashok also played for Mumbai
Ashok Mankad has also played for Mumbai. He scored 991 runs in 22 Tests for India at an average of 25. Scored 6 fifties. At the same time, he played an innings of 44 runs in one ODI. His record of first class was excellent. He scored 12980 runs in 218 matches at an average of 51. Scored 31 centuries and 70 half-centuries. Played the biggest innings of 265 runs. On the other hand, Chandrakant Pandit scored 171 runs in 5 Tests at an average of 24. 39 runs was the best innings. He scored 290 runs in 36 ODIs at an average of 21. 33 not out was the highest score. He scored 8209 runs in 138 first class matches at an average of 49. Scored 22 centuries and 42 half-centuries. Played the best innings of 202 runs.
Madhya Pradesh may have become Ranji champion for the first time, first central India dominated, from CK Naidu to Aditya Srivastava
Also entered the semi-finals of the World Cup
Chandrakant Pandit has also landed for India in the World Cup. In the semi-finals of 1987, he was given a chance as a batsman instead of wicketkeeper. Kiran More was included in the playing-11 as a wicketkeeper. Playing first, England had scored 254 for 6 wickets. In reply, the Indian team was out after scoring 219 runs in 45.3 overs. Chandrakant Pandit, who landed at number 5, scored 24 runs in 30 balls. Had hit 3 fours.
Tags: BCCI, Mumbai, Prithvi Shaw, Ranji Trophy
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 26, 2022, 15:16 IST