Gary Kirsten, the former coach of the Indian and South African cricket teams, has been appointed as the head coach and mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He will be replacing former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori.

Kirsten had joined RCB in 2018 as batting coach. Since taking over as the head coach of the Indian Cricket Team in 2008 and leading them to the World Cup win in 2011, the former South African opening batsman has for the past 10 years coached at the highest levels with two years as Proteas head coach, head coach in the T20 for three seasons and 1 season at Hobart Hurricanes before joining RCB last season.

Commenting on his appointment, Kirsten said, “I had the privilege of coaching with the RCB team last season under head coach Daniel Vettori and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I look forward to continuing the journey with RCB and doing my best to help the franchise reach its potential. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and I look forward to a successful few years.”

Moving on from Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vettori said, “I am extremely grateful for the eight years I have spent with RCB, as a player and a coach and I wish the franchise all the best moving forward.”