Alternative pandas Brendon McCullumwho is currently the head coach of the England team.
Pandit, the most famous coach in the Indian domestic league, recently guided Madhya Pradesh about their girlhood Ranji Trophy title, won the national championship several times with Mumbai and Vidarbha.
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Known for his miraculous work with unannounced domestic teams, this will be the former Indian track and field athlete’s first major assignment at elite level.
“We are delighted that Chandu has joined the Knight Riders family to lead us through the next phase of our journey,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore said in a statement.
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“His deep commitment to what he does and his successful track record in domestic cricket, is there for all to see. We are very much looking forward to his partnership with the team. Our chief Shreyas Iyer, this promises to be an exciting one,” he added.
Accepting the new challenge, Pandit said, “I have heard from players and others who have been with the Knights, about the family culture, as well as the tradition of success that has been created.
“I’m very excited about the quality of the support staff and players that were part of the setup and I’m looking forward to this opportunity with all humility and positive expectations.”
Pandit, 60, played 5 Tests and 36 ODIs for India from the mid-80s to early 90s.
In an interview with PTI, Pandit said that he once had a meeting with the main owner of KKR Shah Rukh Khan during IPL’s early years but he made it clear by then that he didn’t want to join the support team as an assistant coach.