Kirsten replaces Vettori as RCB head coach

BENGALURU: Gary Kirsten, India’s 2011 World Cup winning coach from South Africa has been named the head coach and mentor of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side in the Indian Premier League for the 2019 season. 

Kirsten was a part of RCB’s coaching staff in the 2018 edition, working under New Zealander Daniel Vettori, whom he has now replaced for the top position. The South African has had prior experience of coaching the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL from 2013-2015 and Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash League as well last season, guiding the team to the final for the first time ever. 

Sanjeev Churiwala, chairman of RCB said, "It has been a great eight-year journey with Daniel Vettori and we wish him the very best for all future endeavors. We are very happy to have Gary Kirsten take on the mantle of coach and mentor for Royal Challengers Bangalore. During the last IPL season, Gary has proved to be a brilliant mentor to both seasoned and young RCB players and we are confident that he will bring a fresh perspective to the team."

Commenting on his appointment, Gary Kirsten said, "I had the privilege of coaching with the RCB team last season under head coach Daniel Vettori and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 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."