Coach Bahutule to turn ‘friend’ to get the best from players

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New Delhi: Former Mumbai leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule has been assigned to take charge of Bengal for the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy. The 42-year-old will replace Ashoke Malhotra under whom Bengal barely managed to save relegation.

"We have decided to appoint Sairaj Bahutule as the Bengal coach for the next domestic season. He will join the team at the end of this month. Ranadeb Bose will be the assistant coach," CAB secretary Sourav Ganguly told PTI on the sidelines of IPL working group meeting.

Bahutule had played 2 Tests and 8 ODIs for India but had been a Mumbai stalwart for years winning multiple Ranji Trophy titles. He played a whopping 188 first-class matches taking 630 wickets and scoring 6176 runs. But will Bahutule be able to deliver considering he did not deliver the goods for Vidarbha.

"Let him work with the boys. I have faith in him," said Ganguly. While he would definitely mentor Bengal senior team he made it clear he won't travel for away matches. On the other hand, Bahutule said that he will be working as a friend with the unit to bring out the best from the players.

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