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IPL’s most famous coaches over the years

The IPL has always been very performance centric. Though cricket is a team sport and while we see the effort of 11 players on the field, there is also a huge army of experts in the background, striving tirelessly to ensure their team wins, and wins big. Among the unsung heroes of the IPL are the coaches who run the show. Here’s a look some of the most popular ones so far.
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Gary Kirsten, Delhi Daredevils
This former South African cricketer is also the most successful coach who led the Indian cricket team to win the 2011 World Cup. He was the first test batsman to score centuries against all the nine test nations. His one-day innings knock of 188 not-out against UAE in the 1996 World Cup continues to be the highest score in World Cup history. A highly skilled batsman, he is known to help players improve their technique while discussing tactics that can be applied on the field, thereby instilling confidence in new as well as veteran players. Coaching the Delhi Daredevils will be his first assignment in the IPL.
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Sanjay Bangar, Kings XI Punjab
He is the sole Indian coach amongst the IPL coaches. He started his cricketing career in the young team of Maharashtra and Mumbai. He is well known as one of the stormiest players in domestic cricket and has successfully led the Railways team to three wins. He has played for the Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders during the initial years of the IPL. His coaching career began in 2010 with Kochi Tuskers. At the start of last year’s season, he was the assistant coach for Kings XI Punjab and later promoted to head coach. He coached the team to the finals, which they lost to KKR. Hopefully, this year he will be able to steer the team to victory.
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Ricky Pointing, Mumbai Indians
Punter’, as he is famously nicknamed in the cricketing circles, is one of the greatest batsmen of modern-day cricket. He has been the most successful run-scorer and captain of the Australian team and is second to Sir Don Bradman in the country’s overall ratings. The most successful captain of all times, who led Australia to two consecutive World Cup wins, this is his first time as a coach for the Mumbai team after spending two seasons with them as a player. He will coach as he plays, he says, so let’s see if he can bowl over the opponents with his shrewd winning tactics!
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Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings
New Zealand’s most successful captain, he is the first Kiwi to surpass 7,000 runs in international cricket. As far as coaching is concerned, he is one of the longest serving coaches of an IPL team. Fleming started his IPL career by playing for CSK in the first season. In 2009, he was appointed the team’s coach and has since led the team to win two IPL championships. Will this year be the third for him? Let’s wait and watch.
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Daniel Vettori, Royal Challengers Bengaluru
He is by far New Zealand’s best left-arm spinner and also the youngest player to have joined the New Zealand test squad at the age of 18. His bowling powers lie in his ability to vary his deliveries in length, speed and flight, which can stun even the greatest of batsmen. His IPL journey has been inspirational, with a long association with the RCB since 2011. His understanding of the team’s dynamics will be a great asset for the Royal Challengers.
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Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Tom ‘Long’ Moody—Long because he is about six feet six inches tall—is famous for his remarkable performances as part of the Australian one-day squad. He has made appearances in three World Cups and two finals, 1987 and 1999. As a cricketing coach, he has led the national Sri Lankan team to the 2007 World Cup Final. In the IPL, he coached Kings XI Punjab from 2008 to 2010 and will currently administer the proceedings for the Sunrisers.
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Trevor Bayliss, Kolkata Knight Riders
This former Australia cricketer took over the coaching role for KKR from IPL 5. He played a pivotal role in guiding KKR to its maiden IPL win in 2012. He is well aware of the subcontinent’s playing conditions, having the experience of coaching the Sri Lankan national team from 2007 to 2011. Here’s wishing him the best of luck!
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Paddy Upton, Rajasthan Royals
Paddy is a South African leadership coach. He has donned various hats amongst the support staff—he has worked as a physical fitness trainer for the South African team and a mental conditioning coach for the 2011 ICC World Cup-winning Indian team. Currently, he is the head coach of the Rajasthan Royals. Will they have a dream run under his guidance this season, like they did in the first season?

Written By : Mona Punjabi

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