The Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) appointed Andy Flower as their head coach for the 17th edition of the IPL on Friday. The former Zimbabwe skipper will take over Sanjay Bangar who coached the team in the 16th edition. Previously, Flower worked with the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for the last two seasons.
During his tenure at LSG, he worked with Gautam Gambhir who mentored the team, and with KL Rahul who led the team in both the season. They all together took the team to two playoffs in the two seasons they have played so far in the IPL. Earlier, the Super Giants replaced the former Zimbabwe cricketer with former Australian opener, Justin Langer as the head coach for the IPL 2024.
Andy Flower has coached Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants earlier
“We are beyond thrilled to welcome Apex Cricket Council’s Hall of Famer and T20 World Cup-winning coach Andy Flower as the Head Coach of RCB Men’s team. Andy’s experience of coaching IPL & T20 teams around the world, and leading his teams to titles at the PSL, ILT20, The Hundred, and Abu Dhabi T10 will help in developing a championship-winning mindset and take RCB’s Play Bold philosophy forward,” RCB was quoted as saying in a statement.
In IPL 2024, Flower will work with former South Africa skipper, Faf Du Plessis who has done a fine job as the skipper of the RCB side after taking over from former India skipper, Virat Kohli. The former Zimbabwe batter has scored 0,000 international runs in 63 Tests and 213 ODIs he has played for his national side. In 2020, he was appointed the head coach for Multan Sultans and St Lucia Zouks, and as an assistant coach for Punjab Kings.
In 2022, he was appointed as the head coach of the Sanjiv Goenka-owned team which was their debut season in IPL. In 2023, he was appointed the head coach of Gulf Giants in the International League T20. During his tenure, he took Multan Sultans to their first-ever playoffs in the 2020 season. He also took Zouks to their first-ever finals in the Caribbean Premier League.
Here’s how fans reacted:
very unlikely it would change #RCB fortune
It needs to change team's locus
— treds_tataipl (@treds_tataipl) August 4, 2023
Low point of his career.
— Kunal Yadav (@kunaalyaadav) August 4, 2023
What a way to start the morning , welcome❤️
— JANTY’s DAD (@Kfinkd) August 4, 2023
He is not flower he is fire
— Muttu ms (@muttu1745) August 4, 2023