IPL: 5 famous persons who were once part of the IPL teams supporting staff
Over the years, a large number of legendary players have participated in the Indian Premier League. It was a dream come true moment for the cricket fans when they witnessed their dream partnerships like Sachin Tendulkar-Sanath Jayasuriya, Sachin Tendulkar-Ricky Ponting, Virat Kohli - AB de Villiers in real. Fantasy became a reality with the inception of IPL.
Players like Stephen Fleming, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid donned the role of the head coach once their IPL playing career was over. Stars like Shane Warne and Zaheer Khan played the role of coach-cum-player.
In the above list of players who have joined the support staff, we will look at five other famous persons who were once part of the supporting staff. Let us look at them one by one.
#5 Kepler Wessels
Kepler Wessels was the first player to represent two different nations (Australia & South Africa) in ODIs. After his playing career, he coached the English county side Northamptonshire from 2003 to 2006.
In the inaugural season of IPL, Chennai Super Kings appointed the South African born player as their head coach. With massive expectation on his shoulders, he successfully helped the team to reach the final in their very first season. However, CSK lost the final to Rajasthan Royals who entered the tournament as ‘underdogs.’
Stephen Fleming replaced Wessels as the head coach ahead of the 2009 season since Wessels initial contract was just for a single year.