Chandrakant Pandit Named as KKR Head Coach

Chandrakant Pandit
Chandrakant Pandit

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have named legendary coach Chandrakant Pandit as their new head coach.

Chandrakant Named as KKR Head Coach

KKR have won the IPL titles for two times and ended up as runner-up in 2021. KKR have won their last title in 2014. He had also coached the Vidarbha team to the Ranji Trophy title in 2018 and 2019. He has also coached Indian domestic cricket’s heavyweights Mumbai.

Making the announcement, Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR said, “We are very excited that Chandu is joining the Knight Riders family to lead us through the next phase of our journey.

His deep commitment to what he does and his track record of success in domestic cricket is there for everyone to see. We are looking forward to his partnership with our skipper Shreyas Iyer, which promises to be an exciting one.”

The 60-year-old Pandit played five Tests and 36 ODIs for India between the mid-’80s to early ’90s. The wicketkeeper batter scored 171 runs in Test cricket while ending up with 290.

On Wednesday, the legendary coach was elated after joining the two-time IPL champions and talked about the family culture of the franchise which he has heard from others.

Accepting the new challenge, Chandrakant Pandit said, “It’s a great honour and privilege to be given this responsibility. I have heard from players and others who have been associated with the Knight Riders, about the family culture, as well as the tradition of success that has been created.

I am excited about the quality of the support staff and the players who are part of the set up and I am looking forward to this opportunity with all humility and positive expectations.”

Chandrakant Pandit’s wins as a coach in the Ranji Trophy

  • 2002-03: Mumbai
  • 2003-04: Mumbai
  • 2015-16: Mumbai
  • 2017-18: Vidarbha
  • 2018-19: Vidarbha
  • 2021-22: Madhya Pradesh