New Delhi: Daniel Vettori has been a part of the Indian Premier League since its inception in 2008 and joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011. And after three seasons as a senior player and unofficial mentor to the youngsters in the outfit, Vettori looks all set to don the coach’s hat going into the seventh season of the IPL, replacing Ray Jennings.
While Jennings has had a fairly decent performance so far — having taken over as coach in 2009 — Vettori seems to be the management’s choice going into this year’s IPL. Although the outfit hasn’t made any official announcement, an official said that he was going to be named coach very soon.
“The common belief is that he is the perfect person to take over from Jennings, but there is still some time before an official announcement is made. Also, Vettori has been involved with the outfit for quite some time and has been acting as a mentor to the youngsters coming into the side."
“He is someone who has been very approachable and the youngsters have actually eaten out of his hand. He has spent hours at the nets, helping the young players. Also, he has vast experience, so he shouldn’t find it difficult to handle the seniors either,” he told Mail Today.
It is also believed that Trent Woodhill, involved with Delhi Daredevils as batting and fielding coach last season, will join Vettori’s coaching staff. As a result of which he has been released by the Daredevils.
“Rob Walters will join our team as the fielding coach as we already have Gary Kirsten to look into the batting side. Walters is from South Africa and was involved with the team earlier as well,” a senior Daredevils official told Mail Today.