Former India wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra has been named coach of Uttar Pradesh
Former India wicketkeeper-batter Ajay Ratra has been named coach of the Uttar Pradesh cricket team and will lead the men’s squad next season. Ratra is a National Cricket Association (NCA) Level 3 coach, which should be highlighted.
Ahead of his coaching tenure with UP, the 40-year-old has said unequivocally that his ultimate goal is to develop the talent of Uttar Pradesh players. At the same time, he thanked his company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), for giving him the chance.
The 40-year-old was formerly linked with Assam and has been chosen as the UP coach, following fellow India wicketkeeper-batter Vijay Dahiya.
Uttar Pradesh last won the Ranji Trophy in the 2005/06 season, therefore the onus will be on Ratra to lay out a plan as UP looks to rewrite history.
Ajay Ratra’s international cricketing career was cut short due to injury, and he only played six Tests and 12 One Day Internationals for India. While his career at the top level did not endure long, the Haryana-born cricketer did accomplish something unusual.
He became the youngest wicket-keeper to make a Test century, as well as the second Indian wicket-keeper batter to reach a century away from home. He was eventually replaced by the then-promising youngster Parthiv Patel. Ajay Ratra was never in the picture again with the emergence of Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni.