Anagha Deshpande to coach Uttarakhand's Under-16, Under-19 teams

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Anagha Deshpande to coach Uttarakhand's Under-16, Under-19 teams

Anagha Deshpande made her international debut in 2008. © Getty Images

Anagha Deshpande, the former India wicketkeeper-batter, has been appointed as head coach of Uttarakhand's Under-16 and Under-19 teams. The Cricket Association of Uttarakhand (CAU) made the announcement shortly after they appointed Wasim Jaffer as the head coach of their Ranji Trophy team last month.

Mumbai-based Deshpande, who works for Western Railways, has played 31 internationals for India. Within the domestic circuit, she turned out for Maharashtra, Indian Railways, Gujarat and Pondicherry before announcing her retirement at the end of the 2019-20 season.

"It will be a great opportunity for me to work with the Under-19 and Under-16 teams because these girls are in the learning process," Deshpande told Mid-Day. "This is the right age to mould them and prepare them for the senior stage and hopefully, the India 'A' team. I will try and use my experience to help these girls improve their performances and with that, the performance of their team."

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In 2018-19, the right-hander enjoyed a prolific run in the domestic one-day tournament in which she was leading Pondicherry, clobbering just over 400 runs at an average over 100. She brings plenty of experience to the role and said she is excited about the opportunity to influence young players.

"I don't think coaching is a big challenge. My plan is to share my experiences of playing for various state teams and of course the Indian team with these upcoming cricketers," added Deshpande.