New Delhi: As Delhi prepares for the N.K.P Salve Challenger Trophy, the man who helped Delhi qualify for the tournament by guiding them to their maiden Vijay Hazare Trophy in March — Vijay Dahiya — is happy nurturing fresh talent at his academy at Mori Gate.
This after the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) decided on Friday that Sanjeev Sharma, and not Dahiya, would don the chief coach’s role for the upcoming season.
Dahiya is not only the first coach to help Delhi win the domestic one-day competition, but also the last one under whom they lifted the Ranji Trophy (2007-08). But DDCA feels that they are better off without the services of the man who wasn’t available for the full season last year — as Dahiya had commitments with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
DDCA gives Dahiya marching orders
Dahiya told MAIL TODAY that while it is for the association to decide who they want as coach, what hurt him was that nobody had the decency to inform him about the decision.
“I am disappointed that they didn’t think it was important to at least convey the message directly to me. I came to know from newspapers as there was no effort from their side to communicate with me. My relationship with the boys was never that of just coach and players, so I wish them all the best and hope they carry forward the good work from last season,” he said.
“As for my unavailability last season for the domestic T20 tournament, I had made it clear when I had taken up the job that I had prior commitments with KKR. Sadly, there is no formal contract so I can’t prove anything. I was available this season, but did they ask me?”
Even as Shikhar Dhawan’s career has hit a purple patch, the left-hander mentioned last season that captaining Delhi had matured him a lot. And if one man deserves credit, it is Dahiya as he stood by the skipper even as critics called for Dhawan’s head after Delhi didn’t get off to the perfect start.
“I don’t think I did Dhawan any favour by sticking with him as skipper during the last season. That is just how I work. I believe in trusting my players and having faith in their abilities. If you take away the captaincy from one player and give it to someone else, even he will fear that he might lose his job if the team doesn’t do well. That doesn’t augur well for the team. If you can’t instill confidence among youngsters, you can never have a champion team. I tried to bring that culture into the team,” Dahiya elaborated.
For someone who has tasted success as assistant coach of KKR, Dahiya still holds his tenure with the Delhi team close to his heart.
“As a coach one just absorbs in the IPL. One learns from all the talented people around. But it’s the domestic circuit where one gets to share those with players and groom them,” the former India wicketkeeper said.
While Dahiya wishes the team the best for the future, he is a bit disappointed with the way pacer Parvinder Awana has been handled by the DDCA. “There have been around six India ‘A’ teams announced in the recent past, but we don’t see Awana in any of them."
“I think now is the time he needs the backing of the DDCA most. He needs the support when the chips are down,” he signed off.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.