Kings XI Punjab have appointed former Australian ODI specialist Michael Bevan as coach for the upcoming IPL season IV.
The 40-year-old Bevan, arguably one of the best finishers in limited-overs during the 90s represented Australia in 232 ODIs and had a staggering average close to 54 and 6912 runs, with six centuries and 46 fifties. He also played 18 Tests but was always known for his ability to bail Australia out of trouble on numerous occasions.
He was part of the victorious World Cup-winning Australian side on two occasions, having played in three World Cup finals --- 1996, 1999 and 2003.
Incidentally, Bevan was also a part of the rebel Indian Cricket League, where he represented Chennai Superstars.
Expectedly, Bevan seemed ecstatic about his new role.
"I have been following IPL since season-I, and now thanks to my new role as coach of Kings XI Punjab, I am part of this enthralling cricket tournament. I love this game and I am quite excited to coach a team that is driven by the same passion," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the franchise.
"The immediate focus of course is on getting the right pool of talent in the upcoming auctions in Bangalore. Post that, my boys and I promise to deliver some great cricketing moments this season of IPL."
The promoters of the franchise on their part said, "We are thrilled to have Bevan as our coach for the upcoming season. His rich experience, vast expertise and sheer commitment to the game will guide the team to perform and enhance their skills."
The COO of KXIP Col. Arvinder, said: "We are delighted to be associated with a reliable and a complete cricketer like Bevan. We look forward to his association and welcome him to our KXIP family. His contribution to the team will be an added advantage for the players and help them deliver their best both on and off the field."