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IPL 2022 – Top 5 coaching lineups of this season

Coaches undoubtedly play a crucial role in the development of athletes at every level of their careers. From juvenile to senior levels, they encourage athletes to reach their full potential and assist them in recovering from tough periods of their lives.

In the Indian Premier League 2022, some teams retained their previous year’s coaches and support personnel, while others hired new ones in an attempt to improve their fortunes in the league. This season’s two new clubs have made an excellent choice in assigning this responsibility to seasoned persons as well.

In this article, we are going to rank the top 5 coaching lineups from the current season of the IPL. This ranking is purely for the coaching staff and not the performance of their respective franchises so far in the tournament.


Number 5. Sunrisers Hyderabad 


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Sunrisers Hyderabad made their IPL debut in 2013 and won the title in 2016. They have reached the playoffs on five times. Tom Moody, who played for Australia in eight Tests and 76 One-Day Internationals, has been the team’s head coach since the 2013 editions. He has experience leading Sri Lanka to the 2007 ODI World Cup finals. From 2008 to 2010, Moody was the head coach of the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Muttiah Muralidaran, the SRH team’s spin-bowling coach, is the highest wicket-taker in international cricket with a total of 1347 wickets. He joined the franchise in 2015 and is credited for inspiring Afghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s brilliance.

Brian Lara and Dale Steyn join the SRH support staff for the 2022 season as batting coach and fast bowling coach, respectively. Lara will add his proven skill to the team, having scored over 22,000 runs in international cricket. Steyn has appeared in a total of 95 IPL matches and will be a valuable addition to SRH’s pace factory.


Number 4. Kolkata Knight Riders 


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Kolkata Knight Riders have won the title twice, in 2012 and 2014, and have advanced to four playoffs since then. They finished second in the 2021 edition, losing to CSK. Since the 2020 season, Brendon McCullum, the IPL’s first centurion, has served as the KKR team’s head coach. He was a member of the KKR team from 2008 to 2010, as well as the 2012 champions, and was the coach of the Trinbago Knight Riders team that won the CPL title in 2020.

Abhishek Nayar played in three One-Day Internationals for India. In 2018, he was appointed head coach of the KKR Academy, which assists players in developing their talents during the off-season. He has been an assistant coach for the KKR squad since 2020.

Bharat Arun was the Indian team’s bowling coach from 2017 to 2021. He was named bowling coach of the KKR squad following his spell with the Indian team.


Number 3. Chennai Super Kings


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The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are the second most successful team (in terms of titles won) in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), having made 11 playoff appearances and winning four trophies. Stephen Fleming was hired head coach of the squad in the ensuing edition after playing for CSK in 2008. Fleming has done an excellent job guiding the CSK team with his expertise coaching the New Zealand team for over 200 matches across all forms.

In the 2022 season, Michael Hussey will serve as the CSK team’s batting coach. Until 2013, he represented Australia in 79 Tests, 185 One-Day Internationals, and 38 Twenty20 Internationals. He has also appeared in 50 matches for the CSK team in the past. He was named as the franchise’s batting coach in 2018 after serving as a batting consultant for the Australia squad during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.

Lakshmipathy Balaji, a former Indian fast bowler, has been the bowling coach of CSK from the 2018 edition. He played for CSK from 2008 to 2010 and was also the first bowler in IPL history to take a hat-trick. He played in eight Tests, 30 One-Day Internationals, and five Twenty20 Internationals for the Indian side.


Number 2. Mumbai Indians


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Mumbai Indians (MI), five-time winners, have been outstanding throughout the previous decade. Robin Singh, one of the team’s three primary coaches, has been in charge of the batting department since the 2009 edition. From 1989 to 2001, the former Indian cricketer appeared in 136 One-Day Internationals and one Test match. He has previously worked as the Indian cricket team’s fielding coach.

Shane Bond, a New Zealand fast bowler, has served as the MI team’s bowling coach since the 2015 edition. He formerly served as the head coach of the Big Bash League’s Sydney Thunder. Shane appeared in 18 Tests, 82 One-Day Internationals, and 20 Twenty20 Internationals between 2001 and 2010.

Mahela Jayawardene has been the head coach of the MI squad since 2017. He represented Sri Lanka in 149 Tests, 448 One-Day Internationals, and 55 Twenty20 Internationals between 1997 and 2015. Apart from winning three championships with MI in 2017, 2019, and 2020, he was instrumental in guiding the Southern Brave squad to victory in the first Hundred in 2021.


Number 1. Delhi Capitals


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The Delhi Capitals (DC) squad, one of the most successful in the past three editions, has a coaching staff comprised of experienced professionals. Ricky Ponting serves as the squad’s head coach. He is a two-time World Cup-winning captain of the Australian team and previously served in this capacity for MI in 2017. He was appointed in 2018 but has shown success with the correct connections to the DC players since 2019.

Pravin Amre, Ajit Agarkar, and Shane Watson serve as assistant coaches for the team. Pravin is the most qualified of the three, having served as head coach of the Indian U19 squad that won the 2012 World Cup. From 2013 through 2019, he worked with DC as a talent scout. He was appointed assistant coach in 2021 and has received the rewards of his work.

From 1998 to 2007, Agarkar played in 26 Tests, 191 One-Day Internationals, and four Twenty20 Internationals for the Indian side. He has also appeared in 42 IPL matches. Watson played in 145 IPL matches till 2021 and was regarded as one of the top T20 players in the world, and his expertise playing in several franchise leagues can benefit the youngsters.