Former India stumper and current Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit is a man of integrity and never shies away from doing what is correct.
He has shown his commitment to honor the Vidarbha job and has turned down BCCI’s offer to become the coach of the India Women’s team. Tushar Arothe, who was the coach of India Women’s team recently stepped down after a spat with some senior players over his training methods and other reasons.
According to TOI, a source confirmed that CoA was keen on roping in Pandit, as the BCCI was looking for someone who could take the Indian women’s team to the next level.
“Yes, he was offered the job. India women are in a developing stage. Pandit would have been the ideal candidate. He is known for his no nonsense approach. He has in-depth knowledge of the game and he knows how to convert an average team into a winning unit. Whichever team he has coached, Pandit has given results. The work he has done with Vidarbha is amazing,” a BCCI source told TOI on Thursday.
Chandrakant Pandit became the most wanted coach after seeing Vidarbha to twin wins in Ranji and Irani Trophy. “He is one of the best coaches in the country and has experience of nearly two and half decades. No wonder, he keeps getting these offers. It’s great to see his commitment for Vidarbha. It’s because of his disciplined approach and astute cricketing acumen, Vidarbha clinched the twin trophies. His next aim is to make this team consistent,” sources in Vidarbha Cricket Association said.
“He worked one on one with Vidarbha probables and the matches provided perfect picture whether small changes in players’ technique were working or not. During the monsoon, most of the matches would get washed. So, it was decided to work on fitness during this period,” he said.
Pandit wants the players to not bask in the glory of previous wins and focus on next season. “Players are already given areas they need to work. He wants everyone to be battle-ready when the next season starts. He doesn’t want Vidarbha to be just one season wonders. Only when Vidarbha start performing consistently, players would be in the national reckoning. Once three-four players come on selectors’ radar, it would automatically motivate others. The standard has been set in the last three four years, now it’s all about maintaining it,” a VCA source added.