The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back with a bang! The 2024 edition of the IPL will commence in the last week of March. All eyes will be on the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are the defending champions. There will also be a strong challenge from the likes of the Mumbai Indians (MI), who have lifted the title on five occasions.
And though the winning will be done by the teams, the strategies will be executed by the skipper, which will be formulated by the respective head coaches. Because of these coaches, those teams are at the top of online IPL betting charts. The existing head coaches have already created a rapport with their team, players and fan bases thanks to the number of years of their association; however, the same can’t be said about these three new incoming coaches.
Here are the three new head coaches that will have to start from scratch and live up to the ever-increasing fan expectations.
Who Are the New Head Coaches in the IPL 2024 Season?
Among the ten teams, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) have named new coaches:
Andy Flower (Royal Challengers Bangalore):
Flower was named RCB coach in August 2023 after his contract wasn’t renewed at the Lucknow Super Giants.
- Under his coaching, the team had finished in the top four for two successive years and yet the franchise chose not to renew the contract.
- Flower’s coaching career can make his contemporaries jealous.
- He led England to the 2010 T20 World Cup trophy and comes with vast experience coaching global T20 franchises like the Multan Sultans (Pakistan Super League) and St Lucia Kings (Caribbean Premier League), which reached the CPL final twice.
- He also coached the Gulf Giants in ILT20 and the Trent Rockets in ‘The Hundred’, a tournament created by the England Cricket Board (ECB).
- He has been given a three-year contract and will renew his partnership with captain Faf du Plessis at RCB, who was also the skipper at St Lucia Kings.
- He replaced Sanjay Bangar at the franchise, who was let go alongside Director of Cricket Mike Hesson after the team had finished sixth.
Daniel Vettori (Sunrisers Hyderabad):
Vettori was the head coach of RCB and replaced Brian Lara at the franchise, which had finished last in 2023.
- Vettori, who was a veteran off-spinner for New Zealand, has a wealth of experience in coaching.
- He was the head coach of the RCB from 2014 to 2018. During this period, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs in 2015 and the finals in 2016.
- As of now, he is the assistant coach for the Australian national team. Moreover, he is also the head coach of Birmingham Phoenix, a franchise in ECB’s ‘The Hundred.’
- His coaching career also includes stopovers at the Barbados Royals in CPL, the Brisbane Heats at BBL, and Middlesex in the Vitality Blast.
- He also had a spell with the Bangladesh national team as a spin consultant.
Justin Langer (Lucknow Super Giants):
Former Australia head coach Justin Langer doesn’t come across as someone who has coached T20 teams to success.
- But this is exactly what his resume indicated: Three BBL titles with Perth Scorchers!
- Besides, he also became Australia’s head coach and went on to lead them to the T20 World Cup in 2021, but refused to continue after he was given a short-term contract extension.
- He was given the role at Lucknow after Flower’s contract wasn’t extended, despite more than satisfactory performances in 2022 and 2023, where the team finished in the top four.
- Unlike the other two, Langer doesn’t have IPL experience and might see some challenging times in the initial days.
IPL coaching is not easy. A tournament like the IPL is full of pressure, and you have to live up to the money that is being offered. Names like Flower, Vettori, and Langer have plenty of coaching experience, but the Australian might be heading for some challenging times.
Unlike the other two, he doesn’t have the IPL experience where the team’s performance can anger or inflame the fans. This general sentiment might be taken at face value by the owners, who might sack you in no time.
Langer must learn from the mistakes committed by his compatriot Greg Chappell, who was the India coach from 2005 to 2007. During his stay, Chappell went for a complete restructuring, tinkering with the system too much, and paid the price.
Langer can’t afford to commit that mistake at LSG where the owners are already looking desperate for their maiden IPL title.
On the other hand, Vettori and Flower would use their IPL experience effectively, but even they know that they are walking a tightrope.