HOMECOMING: Bhave back in the fold with Ranji team

Sports Reporter
Friday, 21 July 2017

Surendra Bhave to coach Maharashtra Ranji side.

Pune: Surendra Bhave, former national selector and Maharashtra Ranji team captain, who coached the Pune-based side to Ranji Trophy final, is all set to take charge of the Maharashtra team for the upcoming Ranji season.

Bhave, who left the Maharashtra job in 2015-16 and coached Haryana the following year, is set to join the senior team in his second stint with the Pune-based Ranji outfit.

Surendra Bhave to coach Maharashtra Ranji side.

Pune: Surendra Bhave, former national selector and Maharashtra Ranji team captain, who coached the Pune-based side to Ranji Trophy final, is all set to take charge of the Maharashtra team for the upcoming Ranji season.

Bhave, who left the Maharashtra job in 2015-16 and coached Haryana the following year, is set to join the senior team in his second stint with the Pune-based Ranji outfit.

Bhave and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) have mutually agreed on his appointment, the MCA convened via email on Thursday.
“ I’m really excited with the kind of talent we have here in the Maharashtra team. The challenge I have is to fine tune the talent and show them the disciplinary way of cricket, whether it is batting, bowling or strategising,” Bhave told Sakal Times over a telephonic conversation.

After finishing his four-year stint as a national selector in 2011, Bhave was heading the Maharashtra selection panel. He was asked to take charge of the senior side after Dermot Reeve was sacked as coach midway through the 2012-13 season.

‘Team has progressed well’ 
Bhave acknowledges the fact that Maharashtra were not helped by the Ranji Trophy neutral venue rule for the 2016-17 season, but says the team has made progress over last 
few seasons.

“ I know that there has been some good work going on for the past few years but I need to take it forward and work with the batsmen specifically. I want to show them how discipline can bring success to the team,” the former opener commented.

After being quizzed on his immediate challenges with the Maharashtra side, which failed to progress to the knockout phase of the Ranji Trophy, Bhave presented a practical reply.

“Having lost the Ranji Trophy final twice has its own lessons. I have learnt my lessons. First, I lost the Ranji Trophy final in 1992 as Maharashtra captain and then last year as a coach. I think, this time, it will be one match at a time. Every step towards the knockouts is very important,” he exclaimed.

Bhave admits that Kedar Jadhav,  now a regular with the national side, would be extremely crucial to the side for the upcoming Ranji 
Trophy season.

“Coaching has always been my first love. I have always enjoyed passing my experiences with the players-and to do it to likes of Kedar Jadhav is an absolute joy,” Bhave concluded on a hopeful note.

I think your relationship with the players is important. The player has to relate with you and with what you are telling him. I think man management is very important. I focus on building relationships with the boys.
 - Surendra Bhave

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