Former India wicket-keeper Sameer Dighe has been named as Mumbai”s Ranji coach for 2017-18 season. The 48 year-old has an international experience of 6 tests and 22 ODIS.
He was there at the crease when India won the famous Chennai Test against Australia in 2001. The wicket keeper batsman scored a gritty 22* against mighty Australian bowling attack to see India home.
Apart from that his performances at international level were not too praiseworthy except a 94 vs West Indies in ODI cricket. Dighe last played for India in 2001.
Dighe has played 83 First-Class matches throughout the decade of 1990s. He has scored 3958 runs at an average of 36 with 10 tons.
Coaching is something which is not totally new to him. He has coached Hong Kong in 2007 ICC World Cricket League Division. He was also the fielding consultant of Mumbai Indians in 2008 before being replaced by Jonty Rhodes.
Mr. Sameer Dighe has been appointed as the Mumbai Ranji team Coach for the season 2017-18.
— Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) (@MumbaiCricAssoc) June 2, 2017
He has also coached Tripura Cricket team for 3 years from 2006 to 2009. He was the selector of Mumbai Ranji team in 2009.
He replaces Chandrakant Pandit who had a good time with Mumbai in 2015-16 and 2016-17. Mumbai won the title in 2015-16 and ended up as runners up in 2016-17.
Mumbai are the most successful team in history of Ranji Trophy with 41 titles in 83 seasons.
– by Atharva Apte