Gary Kirsten set to make IPL comeback with Royal Challengers Bangalore
Former Indian cricket team coach Gary Kirsten is expected to return to the Indian Premier League in a new coaching role with Royal Challengers Bangalore. According to a report published in the ESPNCricinfo, the South African, under whose regime India lifted the 2011 ODI World Cup crown, will be entrusted with a coaching responsibility at the RCB. His exact role is yet to be finalised, though, the report says. Daniel Vettori, the current head coach of the side, will remain with the side.
This will be Gary Kirsten’s second stint in the IPL. Earlier, he served as the head coach of Delhi Daredevils for two seasons between 2014 and 2015. Though initially he was given a three-year contract, the franchise sacked him after Delhi finished last in IPL 2015. Under Kirsten’s coaching, Daredevils won only seven and lost 20 matches across the two seasons.
Despite these numbers, Kirsten is regarded as one of the most astute coaches in world cricket. He belongs to an elite group of coaches, who have taken two teams to the No. 1 spot in ICC Test Rankings (India in 2009 and South Africa in 2012).
At present, Kirsten is coaching Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL). This is the South African’s first coaching assignment in Australia’s premier T20 competition.
At RCB, Kirsten would get a chance to work with his compatriot AB de Villiers who, along with Virat Kohli, is expected to be retained by the RCB. The Banglore franchise could also use right-to-match card to retain the services of India leggie Yuzuvendra Chahal and destructive West Indies opener Chris Gayle.