Ashok Malhotra, the former India and Bengal batsman, was named coach of the Bengal team, taking over from WV Raman, who had stepped down from the job and signed on as the Tamil Nadu coach.
Stressing that the team should have done "much better" than it did in the Ranji Trophy last season, Malhotra said that his job would be to get out of his comfort zone of being an "armchair critic" and "walk the talk".
"It's tough for me to say anything about Raman. The team played well in the one-day tournaments, but considering there are four-five players in the team who are good enough to play for India, we didn't do well in the Ranji Trophy. But don't use that as criticism of Raman's capabilities as coach," said Malhotra to Wisden India. "I have been an armchair critic for long [as a TV pundit]. Now I have to walk the talk myself. I think the team should have done better but now I have to prove that the team can do well."