Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) appointed domestic veteran coach, Chandrakant Pandit as the new head coach of the esteemed IPL franchise on Wednesday. Chandrakant Pandit will replace Brendon McCullum, who has shifted his base to England’s Test camp.
Making the announcement, Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR said, “We are very excited that Chandu is joining the Knight Riders family to lead us through the next phase of our journey. His deep commitment to what he does and his track record of success in domestic cricket are there for everyone to see. We are looking forward to his partnership with our skipper Shreyas Iyer, which promises to be an exciting one.”
🚨 We have a new HEAD COACH!
Welcome to the Knight Riders Family, Chandrakant Pandit 💜👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Eofkz1zk6a
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 17, 2022
Accepting the new challenge, Pandit said, “It’s a great honour and privilege to be given this responsibility. I have heard from players and others who have been associated with the Knight Riders, about the family culture, as well as the tradition of success that has been created. I am excited about the quality of the support staff and the players who are part of the setup and I am looking forward to this opportunity with all humility and positive expectations.”
Chandrakant Pandit is one of the most successful domestic coaches in India
Chandrakant Pandit, the former India keeper-batter, was at the helm last domestic season when Madhya Pradesh won their maiden Ranji Trophy title. This was Pandit’s sixth first-class title overall as a coach.
Pandit played five Tests and 36 ODIs for India in his six-year international career spanning from 1986 to 1992. Post-retirement, he took up coaching and under his tutelage both Mumbai (2003 and 2004) and Vidarbha (2018 and 2019) clinched back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles.
This is set to be Pandit’s maiden IPL appearance as a coach and he will be one of the rare Indian coaches in the Indian Premier League. Other Indian coaches who are a part of the IPL include Anil Kumble and Ashish Nehra.
• KKR appoint Chandrakant Pandit as their new head coach.
• Chandrakant Pandit has won six titles in Ranji Trophy as a coach.