Former Australian one-day specialist Michael Bevan has been named as coach of Kings XI Punjab for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“We are thrilled to have Bevan as our coach. His rich experience, vast expertise and sheer commitment to the game will guide the team to perform and enhance their skills. Nicknamed the finisher, we believe Bevan will mentor the team to finish at numero uno position at IPL IV,” the promoters of the franchise were quoted as saying by Indian media outlets.
The 40-year-old had a distinguished career in the one-day format of the game with 6912 runs at an outstanding average of 53.58 in 232 one-day internationals. Though, he could not replicate the same success in the longest version of the game earning only 18 Test caps, with 785 runs from the willow.
Bevan was brimming with confidence on the development, adding:
“I have been following IPL since season 1, and thanks to my new role as coach, I am part of this enthralling cricket tournament. I love this game and I am quite excited to coach a team that is driven by the same passion. The immediate focus of course is on getting the right pool of talent in the upcoming auction in Bangalore."
Kings XI Punjab had a poor tournament last year as they finished bottom of the eight teams involved.
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