Lalchand Rajput

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Lalchand Rajput
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Personal information
Full nameLalchand Sitaram Rajput
Born (1961-12-18) 18 December 1961 (age 58)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
BattingRight-hand bat
RoleBatsman, Coach
RelationsAkhil Rajput (son)[1]
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC List A
Matches 2 4 110 61
Runs scored 105 9 7988 1965
Batting average 26.25 3.00 49.30 35.72
100s/50s -/1 -/- 20/46 3/15
Top score 61 8 275 115
Balls bowled - 42 5696 1898
Wickets - - 59 31
Bowling average - - 45.22 45.12
5 wickets in innings - - 1 -
10 wickets in match - n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling - - 5/32 3/46
Catches/stumpings 1/- 2/- 79/- 21/-
Source: [1], 4 February 2006

Lalchand Sitaram RajputAbout this soundpronunciation ; (born 18 December 1961) is a former Indian cricketer and the head coach of the Zimbabwe national team.

Rajput played in two Tests and four ODIs from 1985 to 1987. After the conclusion of his playing career, he served as manager of the Indian national team for a brief period, and also coached Afghanistan from 2016 to 2017. He has also held administrative positions with the Mumbai Cricket Association.

Playing career[edit]

Rajput had a distinguished career as an opening batsman for Bombay, and at one time was considered one of the best openers[citation needed] in India after Sunil Gavaskar. However, he did not translate his promise and success at the domestic level to the international arena, in the limited opportunities he had. He was an occasional off-spinner.

Coaching career[edit]

Rajput attended a coaching clinic held at Bangalore in April 2007.[2] He was coach of Under-19 Indian Cricket Team during the tour of England.[3] Rajput was appointed as the manager of the winning Indian cricket team for the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship held in South Africa.

Rajput was the coach of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2008. He was caught on camera laughing when Harbhajan Singh slapped Sreesanth after a match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab. The BCCI expressed it was shameful that Rajput was laughing on witnessing the incident.[4] It was expected that BCCI would take strong action against Rajput.

In June 2016, Rajput was named as head coach of Afghanistan's national team, replacing Pakistan's Inzamam ul Haq;[5] during his spell in charge, they defeated West Indies in a one-day international at Gros Islet[6] and were promoted to Full Membership of the International Cricket Council.[7] But his contract was ended by the Afghan board in August 2017;[8] he was later replaced by Phil Simmons.

In May 2018, he was named as the interim head coach of the Zimbabwe national cricket team.[9] In August 2018, he was appointed to the role on a permanent basis.[10] In June 2019, he was named as the coach of the Winnipeg Hawks franchise team for the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[11]


  1. ^ "Lalchand Rajput's son to join Mizoram as 'outstation player'". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Lalchand Rajput tops in coaches clinic".
  3. ^ "Lalchand Rajput pleased with Under-19 tour".
  4. ^ Rajput faces BCCI's ire over Bhajji-Sree slapgate
  5. ^ Former India batsman Lalchand Rajput named Afghanistan coach
  6. ^ Rashid Khan rips the fight out of West Indies
  7. ^ Afghanistan get Test status
  8. ^ Lalchand Rajput not to continue as Afghanistan's coach
  9. ^ "Zimbabwe appoint Lalchand Rajput as interim head coach". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Lalchand Rajput confirmed as Zimbabwe head coach". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Toronto Nationals sign up Yuvraj Singh for Global T20 Canada". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 June 2019.

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