The Kolkata Knight Riders are on top of the table in Group A of the ongoing Oppo CLT20 but the team would not like to take its match against Dolphins on Monday lightly, said assistant coach Vijay Dahiya.
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Vijay Dahiya has been reinstated as the chief coach of the Delhi Ranji Trophy side while former Test batsman Yashpal Sharma will head the selection panel, in a list released by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
India`s abject surrender in the fourth cricket Test against England has come under attack from former cricketers, some of whom have raised serious questions marks over the team`s ability to stage a fightback in the final match of the series, starting August 15 at The Oval.
Delhi have a "80 to 90 per cent chance" of qualifying for the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals if they manage to register two outright wins in their next four games, said head coach Vijay Dahiya here today after the hosts earned three points from their drawn game against Tamil Nadu.
Mohit Sharma and Unmukt Chand made half-centuries as Delhi scored 215/3 in their first innings at the end of day 3 in reply to Baroda`s first total of 561 all out. They need 347 on the last day to take the first innings lead and bag 3 points which seemed unlikely after they lost 3 wickets.
Ashish Nehra`s latest hamstring injury has put serious question marks over his future in the longer format for his home state Delhi after senior pacer pulled out after bowling only six overs on the first morning.
Delhi`s chief cricket coach Vijay Dahiya was pleased with his side`s dominant performance over Odisha in the Ranji Trophy match and lauded veteran Mithun Manhas for his unbeaten 161 at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Saturday.
Former India batsman and DDCA vice-president Chetan Chauhan will continue to be the chairman of the selection committee while Vijay Dahia has been retained as coach of the Delhi team for the 2012-13 domestic season.
For a team that was mired in controversies in the first three seasons, Kolkata Knight Riders have emerged as one of the favourites in the ongoing IPL and assistant coach Vijay Dahiya on Friday attributed the team`s success to the newly found unity among the players.
Expressing concern over Indian team playing too much cricket before their crucial tour of Australia in December-January, former India cricketer Vijay Dahiya said it is not an ideal way to prepare for an important series.