Virat Kohli with Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rajkumar Sharma

Virat Kohli‘s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is one of the six shortlisted candidates for the coaching position of India Women‘s cricket team. BCCI interviewed around 20 candidates for the position on Friday and has ended up shortlisting six members including Rajkumar Sharma, Mamatha Maben, Sunil Joshi, Ramesh Powar, Atul Bedade and Sanath Kumar, as reported by The Hindu.

Sharma played an instrumental role in channelizing the talent of current India captain Virat Kohli into the force he is today. He has relevant experience as coach of Delhi’s junior teams in the past. The 53-year-old has also applied for the post of Delhi Ranji Trophy team’s head coach.

Powar, the former off-spinner for Mumbai and India is currently the interim coach of the women’s team until BCCI finds a permanent appointee.

It must be remembered that Tushar Arothe, the former coach of the national women’s team had to step down amidst reported misunderstandings amongst the team members.

READ: Tushar Arothe steps down with the Women’s World T20 5 months away

Mishandling of staff is not new with the women’s team because former India batter Purnima Rau was also unceremoniously removed by BCCI before the Women’s World Cup in 2017, regarding some trivial issue or the other. She had also called for reason when appointing coaches and support staff and give them an extended run to deliver results.

READ: Purnima Rau calls for reason in handling appointments

The women’s team is touring Sri Lanka to play three ODI and five T20I matches, which is expected to be the first assignment for the new appointee. The Women’s team is also scheduled to play the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup later in 2018 in the West Indies.