Former TN all-rounder Malolan Rangarajan excited about CPL coaching stint

Former Tamil Nadu all-rounder Malolan Rangarajan became the head of scouting at Royal Challengers Bangalore last year after moving out to play for Uttarakhand.

Malolan Rangarajan said since his younger days he used to be interested in the technical aspects of the game and that probably drew him into coaching. (File Picture)   -  V. Ganesan

Former Tamil Nadu all-rounder Malolan Rangarajan considers himself lucky for bagging a coaching role in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season and is looking forward to “lots of learning” in the event beginning August 18.

The 31-year old has been appointed as the strategy and assistant coach by CPL team St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. “I am lucky to get this opportunity now...so early in my coaching career. I am excited...It is an interesting challenge to be a coach at this time and I am looking forward to it,” Rangarajan said.

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Rangarajan became the head of scouting at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last year after moving out to play for Uttarakhand.

Rangarajan, an off-spinner who scalped 136 wickets and 1,379 runs in 47 first-class matches, is awaiting clarity on travelling to the Caribbean for the CPL amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am taking up the coaching role for the first time and hope to do a good job. I hope to learn from the coaches and players in the league, which has several big names. It will be the beginning of a learning curve for me,” Rangarajan added. 

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He said the CPL authorities had put forth strict protocols in view of the current pandemic which has played havoc with sporting schedules across the globe and also resulted in travel restrictions.

“The CPL has its own protocols to ensure safety of players, officials and other stakeholders. It will be interesting to see how teams cope with the situation,” he added.

Rangarajan said since his younger days he used to be interested in the technical aspects of the game and that probably drew him into coaching.

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