Daniel Vettori has been named the new head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad for the 2024 season of the Indian Premier League and replaces Brian Lara.
SRH on Monday (August 7) joined other two franchises – Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – to sign a new head coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). While LSG signed Justin Langer, RCB got hold of Andy Flower who was with LSG over the last couple of years.
As for SRH, they signed former New Zealand cricketer Vettori as their head coach for IPL 2024. Vettori has been one of the most active former cricketers across the T20 leagues and in the international circuit as well in terms of becoming head coach and specialising in spin bowling coach.
Notably, he will be replacing legendary Lara at the helm under whom SRH finished last (10th) in IPL 2023 with only four wins and 10 losses. Vettori is also SRH’s fourth different coach in the last four years. Tom Moody was in the said position in 2019 and was replaced by Trevor Bayliss for the 2020 and 2021 seasons before Moody returned again last year.
Lara was then tasked with taking the team to the trophy but even he couldn’t change the fortunes of the Orange Army. Daniel Vettori is one of the popular names in the coaching arena and it remains to be seen how SRH performs under him.
- 1 Daniel Vettori coaching career record and achievements
- 1.1 RCB – 2014 to 2018 (head coach)
- 1.2 Brisbane Heat – 2015 to 2018 (head coach)
- 1.3 Kerala Knights – 2018 (head coach)
- 1.4 Middlesex – 2018 (specialist T20 coach)
- 1.5 Dublin Chiefs – 2019
- 1.6 Bangladesh – 2019 (spin bowling coach)
- 1.7 Barbados Royals – 2021 (head coach)
- 1.8 Birmingham Phoenix – 2022 to current (head coach)
- 1.9 Australia – 2022 to current (assistant head coach)
Daniel Vettori coaching career record and achievements
RCB – 2014 to 2018 (head coach)
Daniel Vettori was with the star-studded RCB franchise since 2014. While the team enjoyed great success under him, he couldn’t end their title drought. However, RCB reached the final in IPL 2016 when skipper Virat Kohli had a dream season scoring 973 runs. Even in 2015, the team made it to the playoffs finishing in the third position in the table. They defeated Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator but couldn’t make it to the final.
In 2014, Vettori’s first season as coach, RCB finished in the seventh position with only five wins. In 2017 and 2018, his last two IPL editions as coach, RCB ended 8th (bottom) and sixth respectively as he was replaced by Gary Kirsten ahead of IPL 2019.
Brisbane Heat – 2015 to 2018 (head coach)
While he was with RCB, Vettori was also appointed at the helm of the coaching staff in the Big Bash League (BBL) by Brisbane Heat in 2015. In his first season with the team, the Kiwi legend saw the Heat finish at sixth place with only three wins from eight matches.
There was a massive improvement in their performance in the following year as the Heat qualified for the knockouts finishing in second place in the table. But heartbreak was awaiting them in the semi-final against the Sydney Sixers. The match ended in a tie and Brisbane Heat lost the match in the super over.
Vettori endured a forgettable next two BBL seasons with the franchise as the team ended in seventh and fifth place respectively before stepping down from the position.
Kerala Knights – 2018 (head coach)
Kerala Knights had won the 2017 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League and the champion team appointed Daniel Vettori as their head coach aiming to defend their title. But the team could win only two matches out of six they placed throughout the season, thereby, failing to make it to the playoffs.
Middlesex – 2018 (specialist T20 coach)
Vettori was appointed as a specialist T20 coach of Middlesex of the T20 Blast, England's premier domestic tournament in the shortest format. However, the New Zealander endured a wretched spell with the team in his first season in charge and was eventually removed. Middlesex had a horrific season winning only two matches out of 14 ending at the bottom of the points table in South Group.
Dublin Chiefs – 2019
Vettori was set to be at the helm of Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam Cricket tournament. The competition promised much when it came to planning and hiring of players but it got cancelled later.
Bangladesh – 2019 (spin bowling coach)
Vettori was handed a two-year contract by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as a spin bowling coach for the Men’s team. His assignments included the India tour later in the year and the T20 World Cup in Australia which was earlier scheduled in 2020. However, his stint was hindered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was eventually replaced after he was not able to join the side in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Barbados Royals – 2021 (head coach)
Vettori joined Barbados Royals as the head coach in Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2021. But it was yet another forgettable stint for him as the Royals finished last (6th) with only three wins from 10 matches.
Birmingham Phoenix – 2022 to current (head coach)
Vettori was initially picked as the assistant head coach of Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural edition of The Hundred. He ended up serving as the interim head coach for the season when the team finished at the top of the points table. But the Phoenix lost the final to Southern Brave. Vettori was eventually appointed the full-time head coach in 2022 when the franchise ended in fourth place with five wins from 8 matches. He is still with the Phoenix as the head coach in the ongoing edition of The Hundred.
Australia – 2022 to current (assistant head coach)
Daniel Vettori was named the assistant coach of Australia in May 2022 when Andrew McDonald took over as the head coach of the team. Previously, he had worked with the team for a brief period during the limited-overs leg of the Pakistan tour earlier in the year. He was with the team on the India Test tour in 2023 where Australia lost the four-match series 2-1. Under him, Australia couldn’t retain the T20 World Cup last year at home as well. Vettori is still with the team in the said role, leading them to the World Test Championship final and helping them retain the Ashes and is set to be with them at the ODI World Cup in India as well.