Kolkata Knight Riders have reportedly roped in their former coach Trevor Bayliss to replace Jacques Kallis as their head coach. Kallis recently ended his three-year association as coach with the franchise to explore new opportunities. Kallis had replaced Trevor Bayliss in 2015 after the latter took over as England head coach.
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Trevor Bayliss’ journey with England came to a historic end as he guided the team to their first-ever World Cup triumph. Under the Australian, England emerged as a superpower in ODIs. England reached the pinnacle of ODIs before beating New Zealand in the World Cup final to finally lay their hands on the coveted trophy.
Speculations were rife that Trevor Bayliss would not extend his contract with England and it looks like he is set to walk away from the English shores. According to Times of India, the Knight Riders have roped in Bayliss. He will have the company of former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in the role of batting coach and mentor.
Bayliss had coached Knight Riders between 2011 and 2014 and changed their fortunes remarkably. After struggling to do well in the first three seasons, the Knight Riders won the IPL title in 2012 and 2014. Prior to that, Bayliss had coached Sri Lanka to the final of the 2011 World Cup. The 56-year-old will re-join the Knight Riders set-up after the 2019 Ashes that begins next month.
On the other hand, McCullum was a part of the commentary panel during the World Cup. He will play in the upcoming Global T20 Canada league before starting his work with the Knight riders. The report claimed that franchise co-owner Shah Rukh Khan has taken the decisions hoping that the the team will follow the Mumbai Indians template on multiple fronts going forward.
“From setting up a sturdy coaching unit to creating an efficient ecosystem within their own perimeters, giving the coaching unit and leading cricketers longer, continuing stints, Mumbai Indians have yielded great results for themselves.
“It’s a template that certainly interests the management at Knights right now. There will be a change on multiple fronts,” sources in the know said