Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise have signed in England's World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as per reports. Team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan was utterly disappointed with the team's performance during 2019 season. Kolkata had failed to qualify for the playoffs. The team management will want Australia's Bayliss to bring the much-required transition and replicate England's success with Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata Knight Riders Part Ways With Head Coach Jacques Kallis and Assistant Simon Katich Ahead of IPL 2020.
According to a report in Times of India, Trevor Bayliss has been roped in by KKR to change the fate of two-time IPL champions. Bayliss will take reigns from Jacques Kallis. The south-African legend parted ways with the franchise after KKR's poor display in IPL 2019. KKR finished the league stage at fifth position and the Dinesh-Karthik led side will want to put a better performance in IPL 2020 under the new coaching staff. IPL Franchises Discuss New Teams, BCCI Wants Stability First.
This will be Bayliss's second stint with the Kolkata franchise as the Australia-born coach was also occupied with the team between 2011 to 2014 and KKR lifted the trophy twice in that period. So, Bayliss will be expected to make a similar or greater impact in the 13th edition of the IPL.
The 57-year-old is in the prime of his coaching career and will have the company of former New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum who is appointed as the batting mentor of the IPL team. The notable thing is that these two individuals were very closely associated with the teams that locked horns in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final.
Apart from guiding England to World Cup victory in the 12th edition of the tournament, Bayliss was also the coach of the Sri Lankan team that made to the 2011 World Cup Finals. These impressive records prove that KKR's new coach is one of the best in the business when it comes to coaching.