The Indian Premier League (IPL) is by far one of the best T20 franchise leagues in the world. Many great players of the gentleman’s game have graced the IPL stage with their presence and star-studded performances. Some players became so attached to their IPL teams that after retiring from the game, they cam back to their IPL franchise to coach them. Here is a look at 5 players who went on to coach the IPL sides they played for.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is by far one of the best T20 franchise leagues in the world. Many great players of the gentleman’s game have graced the IPL stage with their presence and star-studded performances. Some players became so attached to their IPL teams that after retiring from the game, they came back to their IPL franchise to coach them. Here is a look at 5 players who went on to coach the IPL sides they played for.
Former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming is probably the longest-serving head coach in IPL history. He has been one of the most loyal servants of the CSK franchise and has given his full commitment to them. Fleming played for CSK in the IPL 2008 and 2009 seasons and played 10 games for them in total. Having already been retired from international cricket, Fleming donned the hat of head-coach and has been in that position since 2010. He has been arguably the most successful IPL coach with CSK winning three IPL titles under his coaching.
Rahul Dravid began his IPL career playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the first three seasons. However, in 2011, he joined the Rajasthan Royals and played three seasons for them. He retired from all forms of cricket after the 2013 Champions League final and came back as the head coach of RR in 2014. He mentored many youngsters like Sanju Samson and was instrumental in them making it to the playoffs in the IPL 2015 season where they lost in the eliminator to RCB.
Ricky Ponting had already retired from international cricket when Mumbai Indians signed him before the IPL 2013 season. Ponting was given the captaincy role by the franchise. However, he just wasn’t able to get on with it, scoring just 52 runs from six innings. Thus he made a decision to drop himself from the team and became a part of the MI think tank. MI won the 2013 and 2015 IPL season under the coaching and mentoring of Ponting as he enjoyed a very successful stint at the club. He is the only player to have won the IPL both as a player and as a head coach. Ponting is currently the head coach of the Delhi Capitals.
The swashbuckling Kiwi opener Brendon McCullum has played for many IPL teams like Chennai Super Kings, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Gujarat Lions, etc. But the Kolkata Knight Riders is the one franchise that is very close to his heart. His brilliant 156* in the very first game of the IPL is what many believe has set the tone for the tournament for years to come.
McCullum completed his first season of coaching KKR in the 2020 edition of the IPL. There was a bit of turmoil in the team as the captain had to be changed mid-way and KKR did not make it to the playoffs.
Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has lead the RCB team to the finale of the 2011 IPL season. After having a mediocre 2012 season, Vettori decided to call it a day and give the captaincy reins to a young Virat Kohli. Vettori came back as a coach and under his mentoring, RCB reached the final of IPL 2016. However, the next three seasons were very poor where they finished eighth, sixth, and eighth respectively.