Former New Zealand mentor Wright to coach IPL team Mumbai Indians

Wellington, Jan. 28 (ANI): Former New Zealand cricket coach John Wright is set to make a comeback in India as the head coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Mumbai Indians for the sixth season of the IPL, starting from April.

A former coach of the Indian team, Wright has a good reputation in India, having coached the Indian team for a successful period from 2000-2005, along with the team's entry to the World Cup finals of 2003, reports

Welcoming Wright's appointment, Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani said a coach of Wright's calibre will bring in a lot of experience and knowledge for the team.

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According to a statement by the Mumbai Indians, Wright was a key factor for India's rise in the world of international cricket.

As a coach for the New Zealand team, Wright helped the team improve their performance considerably, leading them to reach the semi finals of the 2011 World Cup, the statement added.

Wright will link again with Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, while former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble is the team's mentor and bowling coach, having recently been appointed to that role.

The former opening batsman had a brief stint as the coach of his home country, New Zealand, for 18 months before he stepped down from the post, citing irreconcilable differences with New Zealand's director of cricket, John Buchanan.


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