IPL news January 27, 2013

Mumbai Indians appoint John Wright as head coach

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Former New Zealand batsman John Wright has been appointed Mumbai Indians' head coach ahead of the sixth season of the Indian Premier League, while Robin Singh will continue to provide his services to the team.

The news came days after Anil Kumble was named the chief mentor of Mumbai Indians, and a week before the IPL auction, scheduled for February 3 in Chennai.

Nita Ambani, the owner of the Mumbai Indians franchise, said she was pleased to have a coach like Wright associated with the team. "It's a great pleasure to have John on board with Mumbai Indians. John is immensely respected and I am sure his cricketing knowledge and experience will be of enormous help."

Wright was the coach of the New Zealand team from 2010 to 2012. Under him, the team reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup but a year later, he decided not to renew his contract with the team, citing differences with New Zealand's director of cricket, John Buchanan.

Prior to that, he was the coach of the Indian team from 2000 to 2005. During this tenure, India won a Test series against Australia at home in 2001, drew a Test series in Australia in 2003-04, reached the 2003 World Cup final, and won a Test and ODI series in Pakistan in 2004.

Wright played 82 Tests and 149 ODIs for New Zealand before he retired in 1993.

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  • Nagendren on January 29, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Mumbai has a very good squad.What they lack is a steady middle order batsman like Duminy.I suggest to try dinesh karthick as an opener along with sachin tendulkar so that they can have the newly bought middle order batsman,kieron pollard,mitchell johnson and lasith malinga as the 4-foreign players.I purely support for MI.

  • CricketMaan on January 28, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Why does good things happen rightway when Kumble takes some key role? He is the ideal person for BCCI president, but we dont live in an ideal world anyways. Is Wrights appointment just b4 Duncan's end suggests something? I dont think Wright will come back given his family etc..but would be nice to have him again.

  • on January 28, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I dont think MI need good coach or mentor, they have one man, Sachin; he is enough... He is genious; he can make anythng...

  • Kovai-Super-Kings on January 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Ghilli_da dont say most of the TN support MI, 99% of TN support CSK only, this is not country, this is purly entertainment n Purely Pride for the state/ Region. Mumbai dont have Best Bowler - Pollock now so that Anil Kumble came in, if you are MI fan you should know this! If they have right team, they could have stopped CSK, I mean 99% TN fan's CSK reaching @least semi-finals. just go thru the stats and get back to me here. CSK ku periya whistle Adinga.

  • sramesh_74 on January 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @SK5983 - If MI can buy back S.Tiwari, RCB fans will be thrilled !!!!

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Please Bring Back Rahane, Nayar, Duminy and S.Tiwary to the team in place of Suman, Bhajji, RP Singh, Kartik and another youngsters.

  • ankit_barry on January 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    IPL or whatever, I just want John Wright to be somewhere near young players of India & in India. He's a genuine champion, a true role model & one whom players can look upto. The day another John "crappy Buchannan" joined new Zealand cricket there doomsday started & because of him Wright resigned. Lets get him to India.

  • sramesh_74 on January 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Mumbai...there is just one missing piece...Buy Saurabh Tiwari..please!!!

  • srinideva on January 28, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    They never ever gonna win the IPL. Bring it on guys, they will lose in Play off. There is no balance in the team. Oh it still fresh in my mind, when we beat this team in their good town...

  • class9ryan on January 28, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Surely Mumbai has the best coaching staff in the league now but I do not think that coaches or mentors win u the matches

  • Nagendren on January 29, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Mumbai has a very good squad.What they lack is a steady middle order batsman like Duminy.I suggest to try dinesh karthick as an opener along with sachin tendulkar so that they can have the newly bought middle order batsman,kieron pollard,mitchell johnson and lasith malinga as the 4-foreign players.I purely support for MI.

  • CricketMaan on January 28, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Why does good things happen rightway when Kumble takes some key role? He is the ideal person for BCCI president, but we dont live in an ideal world anyways. Is Wrights appointment just b4 Duncan's end suggests something? I dont think Wright will come back given his family etc..but would be nice to have him again.

  • on January 28, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    I dont think MI need good coach or mentor, they have one man, Sachin; he is enough... He is genious; he can make anythng...

  • Kovai-Super-Kings on January 28, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    @Ghilli_da dont say most of the TN support MI, 99% of TN support CSK only, this is not country, this is purly entertainment n Purely Pride for the state/ Region. Mumbai dont have Best Bowler - Pollock now so that Anil Kumble came in, if you are MI fan you should know this! If they have right team, they could have stopped CSK, I mean 99% TN fan's CSK reaching @least semi-finals. just go thru the stats and get back to me here. CSK ku periya whistle Adinga.

  • sramesh_74 on January 28, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @SK5983 - If MI can buy back S.Tiwari, RCB fans will be thrilled !!!!

  • QingdaoXI on January 28, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Please Bring Back Rahane, Nayar, Duminy and S.Tiwary to the team in place of Suman, Bhajji, RP Singh, Kartik and another youngsters.

  • ankit_barry on January 28, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    IPL or whatever, I just want John Wright to be somewhere near young players of India & in India. He's a genuine champion, a true role model & one whom players can look upto. The day another John "crappy Buchannan" joined new Zealand cricket there doomsday started & because of him Wright resigned. Lets get him to India.

  • sramesh_74 on January 28, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Mumbai...there is just one missing piece...Buy Saurabh Tiwari..please!!!

  • srinideva on January 28, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    They never ever gonna win the IPL. Bring it on guys, they will lose in Play off. There is no balance in the team. Oh it still fresh in my mind, when we beat this team in their good town...

  • class9ryan on January 28, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Surely Mumbai has the best coaching staff in the league now but I do not think that coaches or mentors win u the matches

  • palla.avinash on January 27, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    one suggestion to the owners how many good team member u may have u need to have a good leader to win the series and seriously say haribhijan is not the best even though they won champions league under him,they need some one to lead them infort if not sachin then give it amabti rayadu the captaincy without going to egos if u want to get the title.having john wright might be good for our youngsters under mumbai indians.

  • on January 27, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Welcome Wright Sir!! Its going to be an amazing season!!

  • Ghilli_da on January 27, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Though I am from Tamilnadu, I am fan of MI.. most of people from TN support MI becoz of Sachin..now MI have the Best Batsman-Sachin, Best bowler-Pollock,Best Fielder-Johnty, Best Spinner-Kumble, now Best Coach-Wright, best team on paper.. everything they have except one thing -> Captain.. They have the worst captain in the world - Bhajji.. I don't why retained him sachin is far better captain in IPL compare to all captains in IPL.. either they need to select a good captain or buy some good captain... george bailey also good option.. Another thing i don't know they released some good T20 players like Clint McKay, Thissara Perera, Dwayne Smith, Richard Levi, Davy Jacobs and retained some useless players like bhajji, franklin, gibbs, blizzard...

  • 89hari on January 27, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Really good for cricket india with these coaches bcoz they contribute for temperament and give skills to players and kumble sir wont comprise on any thing may this year title to mumbai who knows a man with golden hand........believe in indians and groom indians why a foriegn player and that to he may nt be available due to test series Apocalypse_EX instead the league main moto is to groom young budding cricketers and contribute to team india .

  • Narbavi on January 27, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I feel for the owner, he buys the best players he buys the best coaching staff, and now has bought in kumble and wright, what else do they need to win the title?

  • pandez on January 27, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    abhishekrajput, hope these IPL franchise are appointing so many officials to show the expenses to get rid of tax...lol....

  • on January 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Too many cooks to spoil the Mumbai broth. John Wright, Anil Kumble, Robin Singh, Shaun Pollock, Johnty Rhodes, Nita Ambani, and, effectively Sachin, Zaheer Khan, & Bhajji too. There is a Gujarati dish called "Unthia", a mix of all possible vegetables into an interesting mix of a dish. Ambanis, being from Gujarat seem to be trying an Unthia approach to mentoring/ guiding/assisting/ coaching/ and ultimately messing up a fairly decent team. Aren't there better ways of deploying the resources?

  • Apocalypse_EX on January 27, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    What mumbai indians actually need is a quality international player, preferably an opener or all-rounder. If I was a MI owner I would have tried buying Shane Watson from rajasthan royals. The guy is exactly what they need to win the ipl and believe me he can do it.

  • abhishekrajput on January 27, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    i just wonder y u guys need so many people sachin is there,shaun pollock,robin singh, and nw anil kumble and john wright...ridiculous.

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on January 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Good news for Mumbai Indians fans. Kumble is Chief Mentor, now Wright became the coach of MI. Big lose for RCB and gain for MI. RCB is not focusing on its base state Karnataka. M Gautham is with team last year. But they are not included. There are so many fast bowler in Karnataka Ranaji team(Sharath etc) But they included a fast bowler from kerala. I think for that reason Kumble resigned RCB and joined MI. Now MI will target M Gautham(Leading run scorer in this Ranaji season, Kunal Kapor and K L Rahul etc.

  • QingdaoXI on January 27, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Congratulations Wright Sir, you are most welcomed in Mumbai

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  • QingdaoXI on January 27, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Congratulations Wright Sir, you are most welcomed in Mumbai

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on January 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Good news for Mumbai Indians fans. Kumble is Chief Mentor, now Wright became the coach of MI. Big lose for RCB and gain for MI. RCB is not focusing on its base state Karnataka. M Gautham is with team last year. But they are not included. There are so many fast bowler in Karnataka Ranaji team(Sharath etc) But they included a fast bowler from kerala. I think for that reason Kumble resigned RCB and joined MI. Now MI will target M Gautham(Leading run scorer in this Ranaji season, Kunal Kapor and K L Rahul etc.

  • abhishekrajput on January 27, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    i just wonder y u guys need so many people sachin is there,shaun pollock,robin singh, and nw anil kumble and john wright...ridiculous.

  • Apocalypse_EX on January 27, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    What mumbai indians actually need is a quality international player, preferably an opener or all-rounder. If I was a MI owner I would have tried buying Shane Watson from rajasthan royals. The guy is exactly what they need to win the ipl and believe me he can do it.

  • on January 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Too many cooks to spoil the Mumbai broth. John Wright, Anil Kumble, Robin Singh, Shaun Pollock, Johnty Rhodes, Nita Ambani, and, effectively Sachin, Zaheer Khan, & Bhajji too. There is a Gujarati dish called "Unthia", a mix of all possible vegetables into an interesting mix of a dish. Ambanis, being from Gujarat seem to be trying an Unthia approach to mentoring/ guiding/assisting/ coaching/ and ultimately messing up a fairly decent team. Aren't there better ways of deploying the resources?

  • pandez on January 27, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    abhishekrajput, hope these IPL franchise are appointing so many officials to show the expenses to get rid of tax...lol....

  • Narbavi on January 27, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    I feel for the owner, he buys the best players he buys the best coaching staff, and now has bought in kumble and wright, what else do they need to win the title?

  • 89hari on January 27, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Really good for cricket india with these coaches bcoz they contribute for temperament and give skills to players and kumble sir wont comprise on any thing may this year title to mumbai who knows a man with golden hand........believe in indians and groom indians why a foriegn player and that to he may nt be available due to test series Apocalypse_EX instead the league main moto is to groom young budding cricketers and contribute to team india .

  • Ghilli_da on January 27, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Though I am from Tamilnadu, I am fan of MI.. most of people from TN support MI becoz of Sachin..now MI have the Best Batsman-Sachin, Best bowler-Pollock,Best Fielder-Johnty, Best Spinner-Kumble, now Best Coach-Wright, best team on paper.. everything they have except one thing -> Captain.. They have the worst captain in the world - Bhajji.. I don't why retained him sachin is far better captain in IPL compare to all captains in IPL.. either they need to select a good captain or buy some good captain... george bailey also good option.. Another thing i don't know they released some good T20 players like Clint McKay, Thissara Perera, Dwayne Smith, Richard Levi, Davy Jacobs and retained some useless players like bhajji, franklin, gibbs, blizzard...

  • on January 27, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Welcome Wright Sir!! Its going to be an amazing season!!