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Assam Ranji coach Ajay Ratra joins Delhi Capitals as Ricky Ponting’s deputy

NEW DELHI: JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals today announced the appointment of former India wicketkeeper and Assam senior cricket team’s head coach Ajay Ratra as the Indian Premier League team’s assistant coach for the next season of the IPL.

On his appointment, Ratra said: “I am honoured to join Delhi Capitals as assistant coach. This is a very exciting team to work with, abundant with talent. I can’t wait to meet the team and contribute to its success. I am grateful to the Delhi Capitals management for giving me this wonderful opportunity.”

“We would like to welcome Ajay Ratra to the Delhi Capitals family,” said Delhi Capitals chief executive officer Vinod Bisht. “His experience, as player and coach will be invaluable, as we look to take the franchise from strength to strength. We are excited to have him on board and wish him all the very best for the upcoming season,” he added.

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The 39-year-old Ratra coached the Assam state team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament and the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the last season. He also coached the Punjab state team in the past, and has worked as a fielding and wicketkeeping coach with the India women’s team during camps. This will be his first brush with an IPL franchise.

Ratra made history in 2002 when he became the youngest wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred at the age of 20 years, and the second Indian wicketkeeper to score a century overseas.  Ratra, who is currently employed by ONGC as manager (corporate communications) played six Tests and 12 ODIs for India.

He joined the Delhi Capitals coaching staff of Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Pravin Amre and James Hopes.

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