The IPL 2021 is currently employing some world-renowned former cricketers and coaches: from the World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss to a World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting, from legendary India spinner Anil Kumble to Sri Lanka batting great Mahela Jayawardene.
Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has been part of the IPL since its inception in 2008 – first as a player for the Chennai Super Kings, and then as its coach, in between a couple of seasons for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.
Coaches form an essential part of the leadership group. The behind-the-scenes work is done mostly by the coach, from picking the eleven to keeping players mentally and physically in the right shape. And when the team loses the axe falls mostly on the head of the coach.
For example, say the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have seen a number of coaches being changed, while their captain Virat Kohli has been a constant, despite the team not achieving the glory. On the other hand, teams such as CSK and the Mumbai Indians have stuck to one set of coaching panels, which has resulted in multiple titles for them.
IPL 2021: Salaries Of Coaches Of All 8 Teams Revealed (all figures in INR)
8. Trevor Bayliss (SunRisers Hyderabad) – INR 2.25 crores
Trevor Bayliss, who was appointed as Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s coach ahead of IPL 2020, is on a contract worth INR 2.25 crores. Bayliss has one of the most glorious CVs for a coach: he, along with Eoin Morgan, pulled England out of its miseries of the 2015 World Cup debacle to lead them to their maiden World Cup title, at home in 2019; before that, Bayliss had worked with Gautam Gambhir to win the Kolkata Knight Riders its couple of titles in 2012 and 2014.
However, his time at SRH hasn’t been a great success. The team crashed out in the playoffs last season, while in IPL 2021, Bayliss and the management decided to axe skipper David Warner as the side languished at the bottom of the table.
7. Mahela Jayawardene (Mumbai Indians) – INR 2.30 crores
Mumbai Indians had already won a couple of IPL titles – in 2013 and 2015 – before Mahela Jayawardene was announced as the coach for the IPL 2017. Hence, there was immense pressure on the Sri Lankan to deliver on the promise; and he did in an emphatic fashion coaching the side to 3 IPL titles in 4 seasons.
Under Jayawardene, the Rohit Sharma-led outfit has become arguably the best T20 side in the world – their show in the last season in the UAE illustrates their dominance and the gap they were able to create with other teams.
To remain a good and winning side in a format as fickle as T20 cricket is highly challenging, and Jayawardene, who is contracted at INR 2.30 crores, did it by keeping and trusting a core of players. In the IPL 2021, which will resume in September in the UAE, Jayawardene and MI eye an unprecedented hat-trick of IPL titles.
6. Trevor Penney (Rajasthan Royals) – INR 3.4crores
Former Warwickshire cricketer Trevor Penney is the current Assistant Coach for the Rajasthan Royals; the franchise parted ways with Andrew McDonald, under whom they finished at the bottom of the table last season. The Royals appointed Kumar Sangakkara as the Director Of Cricket, but didn’t name a head coach to replace McDonald.
Penney has been the assistant coach of Sri Lanka and West Indies, fielding coach of India, and consultant coach to the Netherlands. He has also worked with King’s XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, as well as with multiple teams in the CPL in the capacity of assistant coach. He is given a deal worth INR 3.4 crore by the Royals.
5. Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 3.4 crores
Brendon McCullum, who took over as the Kolkata Knight Riders coach from Jacques Kallis ahead of IPL 2020, has had a difficult time at the helm. KKR may consider themselves a bit unlucky to miss out on the playoff berth last season due to little low net run rate, however, in IPL 2021, some of their strategic decisions have been questionable, as now, at the time of suspension of the season, they are placed on the 7th position with just 2 wins in 7 matches.
McCullum, who makes INR 3.4 crores from his contract this season, will need a major turnaround in KKR’s position on the points table, if he is to hold onto his job for next season.
4. Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals) – 3.5 crores
While Ricky Ponting’s first season as the Delhi Capitals coach, in 2018, was a disappointment in terms of results as the side finished last, he did make progress in the careers of the young players such as Shreyas Iyer, who was made the captain mid-season, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Kagiso Rabada.
Then, Ponting, who was now the sole decision-maker at Delhi after Gambhir left, slowly induced confidence in a young side and the team achieved success season by season – in 2019 they qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2012; they did one better last season in the UAE by reaching their maiden final but lost to Mumbai.
Now, in IPL 2021, despite the unavailability of Iyer, the Capitals, led by Pant, are at the top of the table with 6 wins in 8 matches. For his services, Ponting receives a salary of INR 3.5 crores.
3. Stephen Fleming (Chennai Super Kings) – 3.5 crores
Stephen Fleming has coached the Chennai Super Kings to all its three IPL titles and the two Champions League trophies as well. Fleming, who played for CSK as a batsman in 2009, has been their coach since 2009. In the two years when CSK was banned – in 2016 and 2017 – he was the coach of Rising Pune Supergiant before CSK made its comeback.
The former Kiwi skipper is being paid INR 3.5 crores by the 3-time champions for his services as the head coach. It has only been Fleming and the captain, MS Dhoni, at the decision-making front of the franchise.
2. Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – INR 4 crores
The Royal Challengers Bangalore isn’t the most stable of the IPL franchises. While their captain – Virat Kohli – has remained at the helm for a long time, since 2013, they have had 3 different coaches in the last 4 seasons. From Daniel Vettori till 2018, Gary Kirsten in 2019, RCB moved to former Australia opener Simon Katich ahead of IPL 2021, roped in Mike Hesson as Director of Cricket too.
Last season, RCB reached the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and consequently retained Katich, whose contract amounts to INR 4 crores. This year, the franchise took a couple of big gambles at the auction – by buying Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson for a huge amount of money – and those gambles have paid off so far as the side is third on the points table with 5 victories in 7 matches.
1. Anil Kumble (Punjab Kings) – 4 crores
The Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) have been even more mercurial than RCB in terms of changing their captain and coach. Punjab, currently captained by KL Rahul and coached by Anil Kumble, have had 13 different captains and 9 different coaches in their history – no surprise they lack a single IPL trophy in their cabinet, and have reached the final only once.
Kumble was made the coach ahead of IPL 2020 in the UAE and is being paid INR 4 crore, which is the joint-most along with Katich for a coach in the IPL, for his services. The team finished 6th last season, and are currently at the same spot in IPL 2021. If Kumble isn’t able to better the side’s position, it won’t be a surprise if he is let go ahead of next year’s mega-auction.
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