Railways ropes in Sanyal as coach

In this domestic season, Sanyal will be donning the coach’s hat for Railways - which also marks his debut at national-level coaching.

SanjibSanyal, who revived his career with the Railways, is all set to take cup coaching reins of the team.

At a time when some of the heavyweight former cricketers are entering the coaching circuit, Sanjib Sanyal remains a low-profile candidate. And, the former all-rounder, who featured for Bengal and Railways in his playing days, has entered the new arena rather silently.

In this domestic season, Sanyal will be donning the coach’s hat for Railways - which also marks his debut at national-level coaching. Even though he has coached sides like Mohun Bagan in the past, Sanyal admits that his target would be to deliver the goods. “This is the first time I will be coaching a Ranji Trophy side. Like every other coach, even I would dream of winning a Ranji Trophy title, but then, I would like to be realistic,” Sanyal told Sportstar.

The former cricketer would be joining the side in a pre-season camp in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday, and he believes that Railways is capable of a turnaround. “The last few seasons haven’t been that good for us, but I would like to ensure that we hit it off well,” Sanyal said, adding that the final preparatory camp will be held in New Delhi in September.

“That’s when I would get a clearer picture on where we exactly stand,” said the all-rounder, who played 47 first class matches, equal number of List A and 23 T20s.

As a new entrant, Sanyal doesn’t want to sound too high-flying. “Even though I haven’t coached a Ranji side, I have enough experience to deal with players. That should count,” Sanyal said, adding that he would set smaller targets to succeed in the season. “There is no point in setting a big target. Let’s keep it slow and simple,” is how he explained his target.

While Sanyal would be the coach, there is a high chance of his state-mate Arindam Ghosh leading the Railways in the Ranji Trophy. However, nothing has been made official yet. “He has a good chance, let’s see how it goes,” Sanyal said.

Those who have seen him in the Kolkata cricket circuit feel despite having talent, Sanyal went out of steam quite fast, leading to his ouster from the Bengal team. He, however, revived his career with the Railways later.

And now, the old association is set to witness a new beginning. Sanyal can only hope, it runs on the track.