IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals Appoints Paddy Upton As The New Head Coach

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| January 13 , 2019 , 16:21 IST

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals on Sunday have roped inexperienced Paddy Upton as their head coach for the forthcoming season.  

Speaking to media Rajasthan Royals Zubin Bharucha Head of Cricket, said "Upton has outstanding credentials and has been closely associated with Rajasthan Royals in the past. He was the Head Coach for four years, wherein the Royals made it to the semi-finals in the 2013 edition, sensationally pushing its way forward from the bottom of the heap, and also reached the finals of the Champions League (2013)."

"The Royals won 13 straight home matches under him, a feat that stands the test of time in the IPL."

"The experience and knowledge that he brings to the table is unparalleled. As coach, mentor and scientific trainer, Paddy Upton is well versed with the rigours of modern day sport. We are thrilled to have him back in our team and can't wait to put on our pads and get going in the new season," he added.     

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The South African has guided and mentored several teams in the IPL, Australia's Big Bash League and in the Pakistan Super League.

His biggest achievement came as a mental conditioning coach with the Indian team when he combined with head coach and compatriot Gary Kirsten to guide India to the 2011 ODI World Cup title and the World No.1 rank in ICC Test rankings.

"It gives us immense pleasure to announce Paddy joining the team. We welcome him back to the Royals Family. Paddy is someone who is well versed with the culture of Rajasthan Royals and he knows what it takes to achieve success in international sport at the highest level. We cannot wait for the season to begin and are so pleased that the BCCI has confirmed it will be held entirely in India," said Manoj Badale, Lead Owner of Rajasthan Royals.