WV Raman filled in as coach for India Under-19 on their tour of England. With the team winning all five one-dayers and both Youth ‘Tests’, he told Wisden India: “I will only be surprised if they don’t go on to win the World Cup.”
Raman said his job was to ‘not disrupt the long-term plans of Rahul Dravid’, who is the regular coach. “The important thing was not to allow personal objectives to get in the way of Dravid’s objectives. By that, I mean that retaining the winning combination in the last two one-dayers was an idea, but giving opportunities to all the guys is vital to the bigger picture.”
Raman singled out Kamlesh Nagarkoti for praise. “Definitely we will see more of him in the future. He can be quick, he does extract a fair bit of bounce and he has got real good fitness levels. And he is very athletic. He can go on to become an allrounder if he does pay a little bit of attention to his batting.”
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