It is a dream come true: Rana

Written by: Suresh Parekh
Published: Thursday, November 23, 2000, 15:30 [IST]
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Rajkot: 'It indeed is a dream come true for me and it is definitely the best day of my life' these were the words of Arjunsinh Rana who on Wednesday was appointed as the physical trainer cum psychologist for the Indian cricket team by the BCCI. The BCCI secretary Mr Lele on Wednesday came with this good piece of news to Mr Rana at the stadium in Baroda where the One-day Ranji Trophy match was going on between Maharashtra and Saurashtra.

"First I just couldn't believe the news but then I realised that it cannot be a joke. For a moment I was speechless, but then this is the moment I was waiting for, this is the day I was waiting for," said the elated Rana who has to rush back to Rajkot and from where he will go to Nagpur to report to Leipus and Mr John Wright.

Mr Arjunsinh's route to this is a long and patient journey. He was doing all these things for almost a decade. He is and has been the official physio of the Saurashtra Ranji Trophy team for the last five years and was with the Indian U-19 team for quite sometime and is also currently the physio of the National Cricket Academy at Bangalore where his sheer hard work and discipline came in for praise from Rajsingh Dungarpur and Vasu Paranjpe as well.

Mr Rana was said to this correspondent when we both journeyed together along with Rakesh Patel and Niraj Patel after playing the match against Zimbabwe at Indore that 'now it is high time that I do duty with the Indian team,' but even Mr Rana didn't expected that the appointment would come so early. In fact he was expecting another stint with the Indian U-19 team when the England's U-19 team is to come to India in December this year.

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