Brad Hodge    Getty Images
Brad Hodge Getty Images

Only one of the three original IPL franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are yet to win the tournament. In addition, KXIP have finished as the bottom-ranked side on three occasions. In a bid to change their fortunes, the team management have announced Australia’s seasoned T20 player, Brad Hodge, as their head coach. His tenure will be for three years. Hodge will be reporting to Virender Sehwag, KXIP’s Director of Cricket.

Will Hodge help KXIP lift their maiden title?

Hodge, 42, is among the most sought-after personnel in T20s. He is known for his immense body of work in the shortest format. Hodge, having played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, took on the coaching role for now-defunct Gujarat Lions. While Lions roared in their maiden campaign, topping the group stages, they faltered in an injury-hit 2017 edition. Lions managed only 4 victories from 14 games.

Nonetheless, Hodge will like to start afresh with KXIP, and hope to lift their game in IPL 2018. He is one of just eight cricketers to aggregate more than 7,000 runs in T20s and remains an active player for Melbourne Renegades in the forthcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2017-18.