Gary Kirsten had joined RCB management as their batting coach of the 2018 IPL season, in which they finished sixth in the points table.
Gary Kirsten had joined RCB management as their batting coach of the 2018 IPL season, in which they finished sixth in the points table.

Former South African opener Gary Kirsten will be taking over as the coach and mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kirsten, who coached the Indian national team to the 2011 World Cup title, succeeds  former New Zealand player Daniel Vettori. Kirsten had joined RCB management as their batting coach of the 2018 IPL season, in which they finished sixth in the points table.

“I had the privilege of coaching with the RCB team last season under head coach Vettori and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, said Kirsten as quoted by IANS, adding, “I look forward to continuing the journey with RCB and doing my best to help the franchise reach its potential.”

“I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and I look forward to a successful few years,” he added.

RCB, the 2009 IPL winners, had sacked a sizeable portion of their support staff, including Vettori, bowling coach (and former Australian Test cricketer) Andrew McDonald, and batting and fielding coach, the Australian Trent Woodhill.

Ashish Nehra, who had joined the franchise last season as bowling mentor, was retained, while Virat Kohli continues to remain at the helm — till now.

Moving on from RCB, Vettori said: “I am extremely grateful for the eight years I have spent with RCB, as a player and a coach and I wish the franchise all the best moving forward.”

On the other hand, Sanjeev Churiwala, CFO of Diageo India (which owns RCB) will replace Amrit Thomas as RCB chairman. Thomas will be moving to Europe to serve in a new role for Diageo.