Gujarat Cricket Association secretary Anil Patel has been appointed the manager of the Indian cricket team for the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
India will face Australia in the WTC final on June 7 at The Oval, London. Anil Patel was earlier appointed as the team manager for the series played in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Significantly, in the series in which Anil Patel was the team manager, the success rate of Team India was 100 percent. Anil Patel has been the manager of Team India in the 9 International Series. Team India has won all these series.
Recently, Anil Patel said in an interview with Gujarati Jagran, “In the last 3-4 years under the leadership of Jay Shah, I got the opportunity to work under him in GCA. Earlier, I worked as Joint Secretary, and now I am working as Secretary.”
The period from 1984 to 1999 was the worst phase for Gujarat cricket. In those 15 years, the team could not win a single match. Most of the matches were one-sided defeats. Anil Patel was then made the coach of the senior Ranji team.
Notably, between 1984 and 1999, the Gujarat team played 65 Ranji matches, of which 25 were lost and 40 were drawn. The team could not win a single match. The team which did not win a single match in 15 years. Anil Patel won 6 matches in his first year as coach, including 3 ODIs and 3 Ranji Trophy matches. Significantly, 3 out of 4 matches were won in the Ranji Trophy, and one was a draw.