Former team India coach Gary Kirsten has been appointed as the coach and mentor of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, August 30. Kirsten replaces Daniel Vettori who started off as a player with the Indian Premier League franchise in 2011 and became their coach in 2014. 

Kirsten coached the Indian team between 2008 to 2011 and helped them win the world cup in 2011. 

PTI quoted team chairman Sanjeev Churiwala saying, "It has been a great eight-year journey with Daniel Vettori and we wish him the very best for all future endeavours. We are very happy to have Gary Kirsten take on the mantle of coach and mentor for RCB."

Gary Kirsten had earlier coached Delhi Daredevils in 2014 and 2015.

RCB has never won an IPL season despite having some of the best batsmen in the world in Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Chris Gayle, one of the most explosive batsmen in the world, was also a part of RCB. Even in 2018, RCB finished sixth out of eight teams competing in IPL.

As a parting message, PTI quoted Daniel Vettori saying, "I am extremely grateful for the eight years I have spent with RCB, as a player and a coach and I wish the franchise all the best moving forward." 

(With agency inputs)