IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore have appointed former South African batsman Gary Kirsten as their coach and mentor for the next edition of the tournament. Kirsten, who joined the franchise earlier this year as their batting coach, replaces Daniel Vettori who has been with the side since for eight years.
Under Kirsten’s coaching stint in 2011, India won the 50-over World Cup and also reached the top of the Test rankings. He then went on to coach his national side, South Africa, and lead them to the top of Test rankings as well.
This is not Kirsten’s first appointment as a coach of an IPL side. He served as head coach of Delhi Daredevils for two editions, in 2014 and 2015. He was also appointed as the head coach of Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League in 2017.
"I had the privilege of coaching with the RCB team last season under head coach Daniel Vettori and thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” said Kirsten.
“I look forward to continuing the journey with RCB and doing my best to help the franchise reach its potential. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and I look forward to a successful few years."
RCB’s chairperson, Sanjeev Churiwala was ecstatic on Kirsten’s appointment. "We are very happy to have Gary Kirsten take on the mantle of coach and mentor for Royal Challengers Bangalore. During the last IPL season, Gary has proved to be a brilliant mentor to both seasoned and young RCB players and we are confident that he will bring a fresh perspective to the team."
Moving on from RCB, Vettori said: "I am extremely grateful for the eight years I have spent with RCB, as a player and a coach and I wish the franchise all the best moving forward."