Indian Premier League franchise Kings XI Punjab have roped in Sridharan Sriram to replace Venkatesh Prasad as their bowling coach for the upcoming season.
Ahead of the new season, Kings XI Punjab have continued to bring in new faces at the cost of old ones. Days after showing the door to their mentor and director of cricketer Virender Sehwag, they have appointed former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram as their bowling coach. Sriram will replace ex-India pacer Venkatesh Prasad. Prasad was the bowling coach of the team for one season.
Sriram, on the other hand, was the assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils as well as the spin bowling coach of Australia. Sriram represented India in 8 ODIs, scoring 81 runs in addition to taking 9 wickets.
Kings XI Punjab have also roped in Prasanna Agoram, the Technical Strategy Analyst at Cricket South Africa (CSA), as their high-performance coach. Argoram has built a huge reputation after helping South Africa become one of the most successful teams in international cricket. South Africa legends like Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn had praised Argoram for his role in the team’s success.
The latest developments come just days after the franchise replaced Brad Hodge with Mike Hesson as their head coach. The former New Zealand coach had stepped down as Kiwis coach earlier this year to take a break from international cricket. His stint with New Zealand was a very successful one. Hesson had led the country to its first-ever World Cup final in 2015.
Under his guidance, New Zealand rose to the pinnacle of T20I rankings, number 2 in ODIs and number 3 in Tests. In April this year, New Zealand won their first-ever Test series over England since 1999. Overall, New Zealand won 21 of their 53 Tests, losing 19 under Hesson. In ODIs, they won 65 of their 119 ODIs with 46 losses and in T20Is won 30 of their 59.
Kings XI Punjab would be hoping that their fortunes finally change under new coaching staff. They are one of the few teams who are yet to lift the title. Their best performance came in 2014 when they made it to the final before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders. Since then they have failed to make it to the playoffs.