Veteran opening batsman Wasim Jaffer has been appointed as the new batting coach of Kings XI Punjab. The 41-year-old is a legendary figure in India’s domestic cricket and is the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy history.
He recently made his record 150th appearance in the premier first-class competition, in the match against Andhra at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground in Vijayawada. He was not able to get a long run in the Indian national side and has managed to play only 31 Tests and two ODIs.
Although Jaffer does not have a lot of Indian Premier League (IPL) experience under his belt – just eight games for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural IPL – his stature as the foremost batsman in the domestic circuit makes him a capable cricketer to have in the dressing room.
Kings XI Punjab’s revamped support includes former Indian skipper Anil Kumble as head coach and South African great Jonty Rhodes as fielding coach.