IPL: Trevor Bayliss re-joins Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as batting coach

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Bayliss was a part of the group, when it received the trophy in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

Trevor Bayliss
Trevor Bayliss. (Photograph by Stu Forster/Getty Photographs)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise, has lately appointed Trevor Bayliss as their batting coach for the upcoming version of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Again in 2012 and 2014, Bayliss was related to the group when it received the championship beneath the management of Gautam Gambhir, who final performed for the Knights again in 2017 earlier than parting methods.

Bayliss is the pinnacle of the England nationwide group, which received the 2019 World Cup, beating New Zealand within the closing on the Lord’s in London. Bayliss was additionally the pinnacle coach of Sri Lanka between 2007 and 2011 after which he moved to KKR. He tasted success even then because the Lankans went on to play the World Cup finals each in 2007 and 2011, although the Islanders ended up on the dropping aspect.

He’s set to affix former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum, who has additionally been roped in as a mentor by KKR, as per reviews in Republic. McCullum was beforehand part of the Kolkata franchise and has the excellence of scoring the primary ton of the cash-rich event again in 2008, decimating the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Then he shifted to MS Dhoni’s Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK).

Adjustments within the Knight Riders administration

Not too long ago, the likes of Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich additionally left the Knight Riders. Kallis joined KKR in 2011 as a participant earlier than changing Bayliss as the pinnacle coach. Below the Kallis and Bayliss duo, the Knights received 32 out of their 61 matches. The Knight Riders had a lacklustre season in 2019.

Even because the likes of Andre Russell soared above the expectations, the group failed to come back alongside as a unit. All through the event, Russell saved affected by accidents, however he didn’t allow them to flip detrimental. He was KKR’s main run-scorer, having notched 510 runs and getting 11 wickets.

The group, led by Dinesh Karthik, began with a variety of victories and was sitting fairly on the high of the factors desk. Nevertheless, a string of defeats meant that their marketing campaign saved going into the shambles. They finally managed to complete fifth on the factors desk with six victories from 14 matches.