The current Tamil Nadu coach and former Indian bowler L Balaji has been appointed as the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 10. He retired from first class cricket in September 2016 and also played a key role in helping KKR bowling line up from 2011 to 2013. Balaji also played a key role in helping KKR win the title in 2012.
Venky Mysore, CEO & MD of Kolkata Knight Riders said “It’s great to welcome Balaji back to the KKR family. He was an integral part of KKR from 2011-13 & played a key role in helping KKR win the championship in 2012″.
Kings XI Punjab had L Balaji in their team for the 2014 edition. He will be seen along with the greats like Jacques Kallis and Wasim Akram. It would be a great boost for KKR to see Balaji in the KKR staff who have won the IPL title twice.
Commenting on his new role as bowling coach of KKR, Balaji said – “I had thoroughly enjoyed my stint as a player for KKR and I am delighted to be back to the franchise that I have admired.”
Balaji played for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy tournament in which he took 330 wickets playing 106 matches. He played for India in 8 test matches, 30 ODI’s and 5 T20 matches. Balaji was a good bowler who swung the ball and made life tough for the batsmen.