Virendra Vegda : A Cricket Coach with a Global Experience….
In today’s times, cricket has become so competitive and popular, that you will come across thousands of players from the smallest of districts in India wanting to make it big. It’s quite understood, with the number of aspiring cricketers in India, you equally need good number of cricket coaches to handle them and when we talk about good & experienced Coaches, name of Virendra Vegda from Rajkot, Guajrat certainly makes it into that list.
Virendra Vegda started his journey from European Gymkhana under Coaches Mahendra Rajdev Sir & Anil Pevulian sir. After toiling hard at club level and age group levels of cricket with consistent performances, it was in 2004, Virendra made his first class debut for Saurashtra in December 2004.
Even, though his tryst with Saurashtra was shortlived, Virendra made a mark for himself by playing overseas cricket for almost 13 years. Virendra played UK Club Cricket from 2004-2016 while he also represented Australian Club for one year. As a player, Virendra played almost 10+ years of state level cricket beginning from Rajkot U16 Team to representing Saurashtra Senior Team in Ranji Trophy. Apart from that, Virendra has also served as a professional overseas cricketer in countries like UK and Australia.
As a professional cricketer, Virendra was a genuine all- rounder with deceptively quick variations as an off spinner. Virendra had the ability to bowl long, accurate spells while he was also a very good middle order batsman who could change the course of the game in no time. Off the field, Virendra is a team man, a great motivator and personality which is always cool to be around. Even at the age of 40, Virendra ensures to remain connected with this beautiful game in any which way possible. Virendra currently serves as the Assistant Coach with Saurashtra Senior Team who became the Ranji Trophy Champions in 2019/20 season.
Sharing with Cricketgraph when asked about his best cricketing moments, Virendra shared “Though I am into the field of cricket since last 25 years which had many highs but my favorite moment was certainly being on the cricket field representing Team India vs Sri Lanka in 2007. I was the 12th man while I got a chance to be a part of the match in the 19th over as a substitute fielder.
Apart from that, it feels very proud to work with Saurashtra as an assistant coach, a team which has dominated the domestic circuit in the last 4 or 5 years. The experience of working with top level players out of which many are representing India is certainly very cherishable”
Major Teams as a Player:
Rajkot U16, Rajkot U19 Saurashtra U19, Saurashtra U22, Saurashtra U25, Saurashtra Ranji Trophy, Substitute Player in Indian Cricket Team (2007), Agartala Cricket Team.
As a Player:
- Was a part of INDIAN CRICKET TEAM (INDIA vs. SRI LANKA) in 2007-2008 as 12th man.
- Represented SAURASHTRA TEAM in RANJI TROPHY (Four days) in 2004-2005. (Selection tournament for DULEEP TROPHY. (FIRST CLASS)
- Represented AGARTALA CITY TEAM in 2004-2005. (Selection Tournament for Ranji Trophy One Days & Three Days Team.)
- Represented ISLE OF WITGHT (ENGLAND) CRICKET Tour in 2004-2005.
- Represented R.Y.C.C CLUB RAJKOT TEAM in S.B.S 20-20 OPEN Gujarat Cricket League in 2007. (Man of the series and Champion team in this tournament)
- Represented SAURASHTRA TEAM in U-25 WEST ZONE TROPHY (Three days) in 2003-2004. (Selection tournament for RANJI TROPHY. (First class cricket in India)
- Represented SAURASHTRA TEAM in U-22 WEST ZONE TROPHY (Three days) in 2002-2003. (Selection tournament for RANJI TROPHY)
- Represented SAURASHTRA TEAM in U-19 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT (Three days) in 1999-2000. (Selection tournament for WEST ZONE U-19 TEAM)
- Represented RAJKOT CITY TEAM three consecutive year. (Selection tournament for COOCH BEHAR TROPHY U-19 TEAM STATE TEAM).
- Represented RAJKOT CITY TEAM for TAJAWALA TROPHY (One day) eight consecutive years. (Selection tournament for RANJI TROPHY ONE DAY TEAM)
- Represented for RAJKOT CITY TEAM for JAY HIND TROPHY (Three days) eight consecutive years. (Selection tournament for RANJI TROPHY (First class FOUR DAYS TEAM)
- Represented RAJKOT CITY TEAM for U-16 one year 1996-1997. (Selection tournament for VIJAY MERCHANT TROPHY U-16) Represented R.Y.C.C CLUB in all best LOCAL TOURNAMENT and INVITATION TOURNAMENT.
- Represented SAURASHTRA in INTER ZONAL team in (One day) 2001-2002, 2002-2003. (Selection tournament for ALL INDIA UNIVERSITY)
- Represented MINSTER (ISLE OF SHAPPY) COUNTY CRICKET CLUB ENGLAND in 2012-2014. (As a Overseas player & coach.)
- Represented HIGH HALSTOW COUNTY CRICKET CLUB (KENT, ENGLAND Tour in 2011-2012. (As an overseas player, captain & coach.)
- Represented HILLINGLY COUNTY CRICKET CLUB (SUSSEX, ENGLAND) in 2010-2011. (As an Overseas player & Coach)
- Represented HIGH HALSTOW COUNTY CRICKET CLUB (KENT, ENGLAND) in 2009-2010 (As an Overseas player & Coach)
- Represented HIGH HALSTOW COUNTY CRICKET CLUB (KENT, ENGLAND) Tour in 2008-2009 (As an Overseas player & Coach)
- Represented CULTS CRICKET CLUB (SCOTLAND, ABERDEEN) Tour in 2007-2008. (As an Overseas player & Coach)
- Represented INDIAN GYMKHANA COUNTY CRICKET CLUB LONDON Tour in 2006-2007. (As an Overseas player & Coach)
As a Coach
- Represented SAURASHTRA RANJI TEAM AS AN ASSISTANT COACH in 2019-2021.
- Represented SAURASHTRA ONE-DAY AND T20 TEAM AS AN ASSISTANT COACH IN 2020-2021.
- AUSTRALIA LEVEL 2 CRICKET COACHING COURSE ASSESMENT RUNNING UNTIL FEBRUARY-2017.
- Represented MINSTER (ISLE OF SHEPPY) COUNTY CRICKET CLUB FOR 2016-2017 (As an Overseas Coach).
- MILO T20 BLAST CO-ORDINATOR COURSE (DONE IN AUSTRALIA 2015-2016.) AUSTRALIA LEVEL 1 CRICKET COACH. (DONE IN AUSTRALIA 2015-2016.)
- Represented BURLEIGH CRICKET CLUB (GOLDCOST) GRADE 1 AUSTRALIA FOR 2015-2016. (As an Overseas player and Coach).
- Saurashtra Ranji Trophy Winners (2019-20)
- Saurashtra Premier League Winners (2019) with Zalawad Royals Team
- Cricket Australia Level 2 Coach
- Cricket Australia Community Coach Accredition (2015)
- Cricket Australia National Coaching Accredition Scheme (2015)
- Cricket Australia Milo T20 Blast Co-Ordinator Course Accredition (2015)
- Cricket Australia Representative Coach Accredition (Runway Bay, 2016