Lakshmipathy Balaji, previous India pacer, has been named bowling coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.

Lakshmipathy Balaji appointed as bowling coach of KKR
Lakshmipathy Balaji appointed as bowling coach of KKR

“It is great to welcome Bala back to the KKR family,” Venky Mysore, Kolkata Knight Rider’s chief executive, said. “He was an integral part of our team and played a key role in helping us win the championship in 2012.”

Balaji, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2013, will return to the team as a replacement for Wasim Akram, who stepped down from the role citing ‘professional commitments and time limitations’.

“I had thoroughly enjoyed my stint as a player for KKR,” Balaji had said, “And I am delighted to be back to the franchise that I have admired.”

Balaji, who retired from first-class cricket in September 2016, is additionally a part of the Tamil Nadu’s coaching set-up, in the part of a knocking down some bowling mentor. Under him, Tamil Nadu’s pacer have performed exceedingly well and helped the side achieve the elimination rounds of the progressing Ranji Trophy.

Lakshmipathy Balaji

Career Information of Lakshmipathy Balaji

Test debut

  • vs New Zealand at Sardar Patel Stadium, Oct 08, 2003

Last Test

  • vs Pakistan at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mar 24, 2005

ODI debut

  • vs West Indies at Reliance Stadium, Nov 18, 2002

Last ODI

  • vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Feb 08, 2009

T20 debut

  • vs New Zealand at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Sep 11, 2012

Last T20

  • vs South Africa at R.Premadasa Stadium, Oct 02, 2012

IPL debut

  • vs Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla, May 08, 2008

Last IPL

  • vs Kolkata Knight Riders at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Jun 01, 2014

Batting Career Summary of Lakshmipathy Balaji

MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6sSt
Tests89051315.6712640.48000510
ODI30166120211215278.95000830
T20I50000000000000
IPL7315736154.54973.47000210

 

Bowling Career Summary of Lakshmipathy Balaji

MInnBRunsWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Tests815175610042776/5171/93.4437.1965.0410
ODI3030144713443448/448/45.5839.5342.5600
T20I55961211019/319/37.5612.19.600
IPL7373151320297624/524/58.0526.719.9110

 

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