Hrishikesh Kanitkar is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998 © Getty Images
Hrishikesh Kanitkar is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998 © Twitter (Amit Verma)

Pune: Former India cricketer Hrishikesh Kanitkar has been named assistant coach of the new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise – Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) – for the upcoming season to be held from April 9 to May 29. Kanitkar, who played two Tests in 1999/2000 and 34 ODIs, is remembered for his heroics in the final match of the Independence Cup against Pakistan in 1998. The gutsy left hander hit a boundary off Saqlain Mushtaq, when India required three runs to win from two balls, in fading light to enable them post a memorable victory over the arch-rivals in Dhaka, chasing a 300-plus target. MS Dhoni launches Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) team jersey ahead of IPL 2016

With 8,059 runs in 105 matches, Kanitkar is in the top five highest run-getters in Ranji Trophy. In July 2015, Kanitkar announced his retirement from international cricket. The Rising Pune Supergiants, to be led by India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have already named Stephen Fleming as the head coach.

MS Dhoni on Monday launched the jersey of his new team in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). Dhoni, who will be captaining the new IPL team Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) also thanked the team owners for picking him up in their side, and also selecting him to lead the team in the upcoming edition of IPL. The IPL 2016 will begin on April 9, and the final will be on May 29. The tournament will continue to have eight teams, with Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Gujarat Lions (GL) being the two new members of the IPL. Dhoni said during the launch event of the team jersey of the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), “After eight years of IPL, it feels different to lead a different team.”