IPL 2013 news March 21, 2013

WV Raman named Kings XI assistant coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

WV Raman, the former India opener, has been appointed assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab. This will be Raman's first assignment in the IPL, and he will work with head coach Darren Lehmann, who oversaw the now defunct Deccan Chargers last season.

Raman, who played 11 Tests and 27 ODIs for India, has plenty of domestic coaching experience, having been in charge of Tamil Nadu for four years and is currently the coach of Bengal.

"We are pleased to have WV Raman as the assistant coach of our team for IPL 2013," Kings XI Punjab's COO Arvinder Singh said. "Given his vast experience as an ex-Indian player and his coaching stints over the years, I am certain that he shall bring another dimension to our coaching staff and help our players perform to the best of their abilities."

Raman said he looked forward to his new assignment. "Kings XI Punjab has the right mix of experienced as well as young players supported by a world class coaching staff and I shall do my best to get the best out of the players."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • aditya on March 21, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    what punjab needs is good impact players...the bunch of players they have are either over-aged or are far too young or are just average... players wud certainly benefit from his inputs but i dont see punjab making it to the play offs...

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    I don't think WV Raman as assistant coach will do any help to the Kings IX... First of all, they need a good captain to lead the side...

  • Siva on March 21, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    i was a fan of him when he was playing for India

  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    WV Raman is not a very good choice in my opinion. He is a typical example of a great talent who under-performed at the international level due to a fragile mind. His temperament was terrible. I am not sure such a person can be a good coach.

    In India we worship talent but not temperament. Our players and coaches are results of such a system. It is the reason we have players like Kambli, Sreesanth and Rohit Sharma.

    Either way though, good luck to WV. Hope he proves me wrong. I did like to watch him when he played well.