We need collective approach to succeed: new Bengal coach Raman

Kolkata: Newly-appointed Bengal coach W V Raman on Wednesday said that he will try to inculcate a sense of collectivity among the team members rather than encouraging individualism in the Ranji Trophy side.

"I will focus on all individuals. This will be one thing where I will be different with. I will not focus on any greater or lessser individual. We need a collective effort to succeed. Focus will be equal on everybody," said former India opener Raman, who took charge of Bengal Ranji side.

Asked if he would request former India captain Sourav Ganguly to play in the four-day format, Raman said, "It`s up to him to play the four-day format. It will depend on whether he has the stamina to play the longer version."

"I am not going to force him. If he is willing to play for Bengal, his experience will be a great help for the boys. I will have a word with him and then we will see," he added.

He further said cricket schedule has become a lot hectic and he would have to carefully plan out the things for the team.

"Cricket is now a lot different. The format is different, there is a lot of cricket now-a-day. There will also be injury concern and we will have to tackle the issue with such a packed calendar.”

"We have to play back-to-back matches... maintaining the intensity will be important I will have to use my resources in the best possible way. There is no point cribbing," he said.

Raman said as of now he would focus on the technical and mental aspects before formulating a strategy.

"There is still a long way to go for strategy. I have to see the technical and mental aspects first. Weather is playing a spoilsport now."