Woorkeri Raman, aka WV Raman, has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team.
He was interviewed in Mumbai on 20th December 2018 for the top post by an ad-hoc committee comprising former captain Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.
South African Gary Kirsten was another strong contender for the post but didn’t want to part ways with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and therefore wasn’t considered for the interviews.
Raman was in the final eight-man shortlist, and was interviewed by the Kapil Dev-led selection committee on Thursday. As a coach, Raman has a plethora of experience under his belt having served as a batting coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
He has also been involved with India A and Duleep Trophy teams. He also served as a coach of the Tamil Nadu domestic side and is widely regarded as one of the shrewdest thinkers in the game.
Raman represented India in 11 Test matches and 27 ODIs.
He scored 448 and 617 runs respectively in the two formats.
He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 1999.
After retiring, Raman continued to remain associated with cricket as a mentor and coach.
He took up the coaching assignment for the Tamil Nadu Ranji team and also coached the Bengal team in Ranji.
He was also considered for the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2009 but couldn’t manage to land the job.
He also served as the assistant coach of the Kings XI Punjab in 2013.