Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif was on Friday named as the assistant coach of Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019 season. He was earlier an assistant coach to Brad Hodge at the Gujarat Lions in the 2017 IPL season.
The 37 years old will join Ricky Ponting and James Hopes in the Daredevils' coaching team. Expressing his pleasure in the deal, Kaif said he is delighted to be part the team and he is looking forward to bringing together an “exciting group of boys”, who are going to make their franchise and country proud.
Delhi Daredevils' Director Mustafa Ghouse welcomed the former batsman into the support staff team. He said the former Indian batsman will be a natural mentor for the youngsters in the team.
Kaif announced his retirement earlier this year after playing two decades for domestic and international events. He played 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, and 2753 runs and 624 in ODI and Test respectively. He is remembered for a brilliant performance in the 2002 NatWest series finals against England.
In the previous IPL, Delhi DareDevils finish up their game at 8th position with 10 points. The club recently traded Shikhar Dhawan from SunRisers Hyderabad in exchange of Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma.