The former India offspinner says his priority is to revive the side’s Ranji Trophy fortunes
“Ranji Trophy will be the goal,” Venkataramana told ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve been doing well in white-ball cricket for the last two years and now we have to do well in the red-ball duration games. We start off with T20 and one-dayers and by then we will know who are the players in form – so that will help us to form a formidable side for the duration games.
“Even though it’s not the best choice to pick [for the Ranji Trophy] from the one-day side, at least you can see how the guys are in shape after one-and-half years. Already, they’ve done a good job under previous coach D Vasu in the shorter versions. We have to continue the good work that Vasu has done and I’m looking forward to it [the challenge].”
Tamil Nadu’s players are currently involved in the 20-overs Tamil Nadu Premier League in Chennai, which, according to Venkataramana, will help tune up the players for the long season after the Covid-enforced lockdown in the state.
“TNPL will help the boys to get in shape,” Venkataramana said. “Somewhere they have game-time and it will help. A smart cricketer can adapt to any format. If you’re good enough to play T20 and one-day, you can also play the longer format.”
That season’s performance earned Venkataramana an India call-up, but he only got to play one Test and one ODI.
The Indian domestic season will begin on October 20 with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will be followed by the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo