Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra to be assigned coaching roles for Lucknow based new IPL team.
IPL 2022: Former World Cup-winning coach of team India, Gary Kirsten is likely to return back to his coaching roles in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Lucknow based new IPL franchise has reportedly approached the former South African cricketer to take over as the head of coaching duties.
The reports further revealed that the franchise officials have also reached out to the former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra to be the consultant of the side. The RPSG-owned IPL franchise is yet to announce the official confirmation.
It is noteworthy, Kirsten has served IPL franchises in the past, however, he was unsuccessful in taking his side to the win. His first stint as coach of Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) remained highly unsuccessful as the franchise went on to lose 20 matches out of 28 they played during 2015 and 2016.
The South African returned back to his coaching duties in 2018 with a two years contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Though there was a change in the jersey, this time around, but the fate remained similar. In 2018 and 2019, RCB failed to qualify for the playoffs.
It will be interesting to see if Gary Kirsten can overturn his fortunes in the IPL 2022 if he comes back in the coaching duties.
Meanwhile, the CVC Capitals owned Ahmedabad based IPL franchise is actively looking to take former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri on board for the next few seasons. Former Indian bowling coach Bharat Arun and former batting coach Vikram Rathore are likely to join Shastri in the Ahmedabad setup.
Ravi Shastri’s tenure as team India’s head coach recently ended after the completion of India’s campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Though India misfired in every ICC event they played under Shastri, the bilateral records and the formidable outfit formed by Shastri is commendable.