38-year-old former Indian all-rounder, Rumeli Dhar days after announcing her retirement from all formats of international cricket has taken up a coaching contract with the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA). She’s one of India’s finest all-rounders who’d burst onto the international scene in 2003 against England.
Rumeli Dhar made her test debut for India in 2005 at Delhi, she scored 236 runs with a one-half century in her 4 Test outings and bagged 8 wickets. In her 78 ODI’s, she scored 961 runs and bagged 63 wickets, with six half-centuries since her debut against England in 2003 at Lincoln. In her T20I career of 18 games, she bagged 13 wickets and scored 131 runs.
Rumeli Dhar joins the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) as the bowling coach of the senior women’s team on July 13
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Anyone who talks about Dhar feels for her to have missed many games and series due to injuries, but she is also known to have come back harder. At age of 34, she made a surprise return to the Indian team in 2018 on the back of consistent performances in domestic cricket. It now is a new chapter that Rumeli Dhar will begin with the Baroda Cricket Association as a bowling coach from this season for the senior Women’s team.
BCA CEO, Shishir Hattangadi in a statement quoted, “BCA welcomes Ms. Rumeli Dhar on board. Her vast international experience will add great value to Baroda Women’s Cricket. We wish her the very best for her upcoming innings with the BCA and look forward to taking this association further.”
Having played her last game for India in 2018, Rumeli Dhar has got 4 years of coaching experience under her belt and is a BCCI Level 2 certified coach. This news is just gold for the Baroda Women’s team who’ll be guided and trained by a fine former international during their initial cricketing days.