Former India medium-pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji has been named the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It will be Balaji’s second stint with KKR, the first being as a player who was part of the victorious team too.
Balaji, who was part of the victorious KKR team in 2012, had retired from first class cricket last year but continues to be associated with the game as the bowling coach for Tamil Nadu. The team has been doing well in the domestic matches and is currently playing the semi-finals. 35-year-old Balaji had donned the KKR jersey for three years, beginning with the 2011 season.
Commenting on his new role as bowling coach of KKR, Balaji said: “I had thoroughly enjoyed my stint as a player for KKR and I am delighted to be back to the franchise that I have admired”.
Wasim Akram, the former bowling coach of the team, had announced his unavailability for the coming season of IPL. Balaji fills in the shoes of the legendary Pakistani bowler.