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RCB Announced New Coach And Mentor Replacing Daniel Vettori

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Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore appointed former South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten as the mentor and coach for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League 2019. RCB is one of only three franchises that played the first season in 2008 but are yet to win the title.

The former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten joined the RCB as batting coach in year 2018 and brings the team a wealth of experience having played around 700 matches scoring close to 40,000 runs across all formats.

Gary Kirsten had coached South African cricket team for two years and head coach in T20 cricket for 3 seasons and 1 season at Hobart Hurricanes before joining RCB last season.

Gary Kirsten will take over from Daniel Vettori, who spent a total of eight years with the franchise and transitioned from player to coach at the beginning of IPL 2013. Daniel Vettori was sacked due to non-performance of the team in the past few seasons.

RCB Announced New Coach And Mentor Replacing Daniel Vettori
Virat Kohli and Gary Kirsten (Picture Source: deccanchronicle.com via PTI)

In the past, Kirsten was associated with another IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils for two years starting 2013. Daredevils finished last in both the editions. Consequently, the South African’s three-year contract ended prematurely.

Gary Kirsten’s first task will be to reassess this current squad and hope to address the problem areas – predominantly on the bowling side – at the auction, likely to be staged in early 2019.

Kirsten was appointed as the team’s batting coach ahead of the 2018 season, and it is understood his elevation to the top post was endorsed by franchise captain Virat Kohli determined to end the team’s rut in the competition.

In the past, Gary Kirsten was associated with another IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils for two years starting 2013. Daredevils finished last in both the editions. Consequently, the South African’s three-year contract ended prematurely.

Gary Kirsten has worked in close capacity with Kohli during the former’s tenure as the head coach of the India team until 2011.

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