Rajkumar Sharma, who is India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, said Delhi has always given the Indian side quality players.

A day after he was appointed as Delhi’s new bowling coach, Rajkumar Sharma on Friday thanked DDCA and said that he will guide the side with “cricketing knowledge and experience”.

“I’m thankful to Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) that they have given me an opportunity of Delhi’s bowling coach. I will try my level best to guide the youngsters with my cricketing knowledge and experience,” Sharma was quoted as saying by ANI.

Sharma, who is India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, said the state team has always given the national side quality players. He also said that he will now look to produce quality bowlers who will serve the Indian team.

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“Delhi has always given quality players to the Indian side. In the current Indian team, skipper Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan are from Delhi. Delhi players’ representation in the national side was always been good. Navdeep Saini is a great talent who came in the team recently. My aim will be to uplift Delhi’s team and also produce quality bowlers for India who will serve the team for long,” added Sharma said.

On a day when he was appointed as Delhi’s bowling coach, Indian selectors also announced the 15-man squad for the three-match T20I series against South Africa.

While former skipper MS Dhoni was not named in the squad, Sharma said that it is an opportunity for the likes of Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey, Khaleel Ahmed and others to grab the opportunity.

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“It is an opportunity for youngsters to grab as MS Dhoni is not available for the selection. Pant has a chance to confirm his spot in the team as well as Rahul Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey, and Khaleel Ahmed. They have the potential to serve the team for long,” Sharma said.

“South Africa have surprised India in history so we can’t take them lightly as in T20 any team can win. India have performed well from the last couple of years and they will face South Africa with full preparations,” he added.

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Kohli’s childhood coach also said that the Indian skipper likes to take responsibility and perform for the team and does not need any rest.

“I don’t think Virat needs a break as he likes taking challenges. He is a kind of player who performs well when given responsibility as his batting average has improved after he took charge of captaincy,” concluded Sharma.