Prabhakar aims Ranji final with Delhi

Delhi failed to make it to the knock-out stage last season under Manoj Prabhakar Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Sep 8, 2011

Former India all-rounder and Delhi Ranji cricket team coach Manoj Prabhakar has asked selectors to support him wholeheartedly so that he can guide Delhi to Ranji Trophy final in the coming season.

“We will be aiming to reach the Ranji Trophy final – and why not? We have the talent; I would say Delhi has got the best talent in the country, and we have the team that can reach the final. We have players who can win matches single-handedly,” Prabhakar told Mail Today.

Delhi last won the Ranji Trophy in 2007-08 but failed to make it to the knock-out stage last season after they won just one match out of seven.

After last year s humiliation, Prabhakar wants to change things this time round and has already started his preparations few months ago. “I’ve done my homework. I kept track of players’ performances in local tournaments played during the summer as well as the DDCA League, and that should be given its due,” he said.

The 48-year-old said that he will not succumb to any pressure this time from various groups after several players were included in the squad despite being injured leading to lacklustre performance.

“If I find players carrying injuries and not disclosing them, they would be barred for the rest of the season,” he thundered.

“I am not ready to take those who didn’t do well last season; we dragged some players for far too long,” he said. “I need support of the captain and the selectors.”