5 IPL Coaches who you may not know also played for a franchise
These names have succeeded more in coaching and mentoring roles in the IPL.
Published - Nov 16, 2019 2:14 pm | Updated - Nov 16, 2019 2:14 pm
Over the years, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has evolved as a platform for several players to nurture their abilities. It has spotted some amazing talents from India as well as the international circuit. In addition to putting forth some talented players, the lucrative tournament has also produced some prominent coaches in the cricket fraternity ever since the IPL’s inception in 2008.
Similar to any other aspect, the cash-rich league doesn’t compromise on appointing adept mentors for their side. From the very first season till the most recent tournament, some lesser-known names in the coaching world have showcased immense potential. Through the T20 league, these candidates have also adopted a coaching role for their national side post their successful outing as a coach in franchise cricket.
Some experienced campaigners took a coaching role with the franchise whereas there existed a few who became the mentor for a side after featuring in just a handful of matches.
Here are few players from previous seasons who assumed coaching roles but may not be remembered for their playing stints in the IPL franchise:-
Sanjay Bangar’s stocks as an all-rounder were sky high in domestic cricket after he became one of the two all-rounders to amass 6,000 runs and pick 200 wickets in Ranji Trophy. Bangar became a talisman for the Indian team, who didn’t lose in 10 out of the 12 Tests he featured in.
The all-rounder played for Deccan Chargers in 11 matches in the 2008 edition of the IPL. In the subsequent season, he went to Kolkata Knight Riders but couldn’t get more than one game. His average batting in two seasons of 7.00 got nowhere close to a competitive one while his bowling average was a woeful 54.75.
Under the 47-year old as a coach, Kings XI Punjab reached the final of the tournament in 2014 which remains their best result in the overall competition till date. He also had a stint with the national side for five years as a batting coach which underwent a successful period in both Test and One-day cricket.