Cricket legends. They’ve entertained us for years on the field. They have had stadiums and stands named after them. Major sports brands design customized accessories for them. One thing which has them all on their toes is the ongoing T20 cricket tournament. Be it Indian cricketers or overseas stars, from Sachin Tendulkar to Wasim Akram all the biggies of the game are mentoring top teams in the league. And its bearing fruit too, the experience of these legends combined with the amount of passion and focus that these youngsters show on the field is working wonders for the teams. The current points table at the league deems it almost possible to predict which team will make it to the play – offs since almost all its a neck to neck competition all the way. So, here is a list of what we think the best mentors in the tournament are. Have a look.
1. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – Probably the biggest name when it comes to world cricket. The master blaster been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians squad since its inception. Be it any stadium in the country, or the world for that matter the ‘Sachin…Sachin’ cheer doesnt die down. The presence of the little master is going a long way to gear up the Mumbai Indians for another title win.
2. Ricky Ponting
The punter. Head coach of the Mumbai Indians. He surely knows how to pave the way to success by hook or by crook. Being a part of the team in the previous editions of the tournament as well, Ponting’s presence in the dressing room might just be helping the young lads get a lesson or two on how to ‘sledge’ the ball all the way to the boundary.
3. Anil Kumble
With 619 wickets in his kitty, Anil Kumble remains the third highest wicket taker of all time. His name is synonymous with the famous 10 wicket haul that had bought down Pakistan. Kumble has been an important figure in the tournament, first as player, then as captain and then as a chief mentor of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was in 2013, that he joined the Mumbai Indians, and ever since has been the teams mentor.
4. Jonty Rhodes
The backward point on the field in his kingdom. With him around, any ball that lands in that area hits the stumps in a jiffy. His flying antics on the field are enough to put Robin Van Persie to shame. Now playing the role of the fielding coach for the Mumbai Indians, the South African will surely improve the fielding performance of the Mumbai Indians by leaps and bounds.
5. Gary Kirsten
6. Stephen Paul Fleming
This former Kiwi batsmen has been a part of the Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural edition. One of New Zealand’s best captains, his expertise on the field and off it, have instrumental in the super kings winning the league several times in the past.
7. Wasim Akram
One of the greatest cricketers of all time, Wasim Akram is the bowling coach of the defending champions, The Kolkata Knight Riders. He was instrumental in the Knights clinching their first ever title. He is now back with a bang and helping the team’s prime bowler Sunil Narine improve his action.
8. Rahul Dravid
The wall. The Rajasthan Royals have imbibed each of his qualities be it patience or sportman spirit. the ethereal batsmen is now coaching 2008 league winners Rajasthan Royals, having found gems in Karun Nair and Deepak Hooda.The Royals have fumbled in recent games, and will look to the expertise and leadership of Dravid for a play-off spot.
9. Sanjay Bangar
Probably one of the most experienced coaches in the team. He has played for Team India, The Railways, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Deccan Chargers. He began his stint with the Kings XI Punjab last year and sailed the team all the way to the finals where they lost to KKR. This year, he is all geared to repeat last year’s feat, albeit taking the trophy home.
By Vikas Nopany