Season: 2023

Chandrakant Pandit - Head Coach of KKR

Chandrakant Pandit

Chandrakant Pandit, known as “Chandu”. He is a former Indian cricketer who played in 5 Test matches and 36 One Day Internationals (ODIs) from 1986 to 1992.

He born on September 30, 1961, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Pandit was a wicket-keeper batsman during his playing days.

Chandrakant Pandit: Cricket Career

  • Test Debut: Pandit made his Test debut against England at Headingley, Leeds, on June 19, 1986. India won the series 2–0.
  • ODI Debut: His ODI debut was against New Zealand in the Austral-Asia Cup at Sharjah on April 10, 1986.
  • World Cup: Pandit was part of India’s World Cup squad for the 1987 Cricket World Cup.
  • Asia Cup: He was also a member of the Indian squad that won the 1988 Asia Cup.

Chandrakant Pandit: Coaching Success

  • Cricket Academy: After retiring from international cricket, Pandit established a cricket academy at his alma mater, the Hansraj Morarji Public School.
  • Mumbai Cricket Team: As a coach, he achieved success with several teams. Notably, he coached the Mumbai cricket team.
  • Ranji Trophy Triumphs: Pandit led the Vidarbha cricket team to two successive Ranji Trophy triumphs in 2018 and 2019.
  • Madhya Pradesh’s First Title: Under his guidance, the Madhya Pradesh team secured its first-ever Ranji Trophy title in 2022.
  • IPL Head Coach: In 2022, Chandrakant Pandit was appointed as the head coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • IPL Victory: In 2024, after a decade, KKR clinched the IPL trophy under Pandit’s coaching.

Chandrakant Pandit’s journey from a cricketer to a successful coach exemplifies his dedication and contribution to Indian cricket.

His impact on both the domestic and IPL circuits has been significant, and his coaching methods continue to inspire young talents.

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Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited

The owner of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season is Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited. This entity was formed on December 19, 2014. And acquired the team and its rights from its parent company, India Cements.

The transfer of the Super Kings franchise to Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited was primarily due to a conflict of interest issues. In 2014, the ownership was transferred under the name of Chennai Super Kings Cricket Ltd. following a Supreme Court directive that struck down an amendment to the BCCI constitution allowing board officials to have a commercial interest in the IPL and Champions League T20.

Narayanaswami Srinivasan is an Indian industrialist known for his association with cricket administration and India Cements.

N Srinivasan is the Managing Director of India Cements Limited and has been a significant figure in the cement industry. He has also served as the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). And the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

He has been investigated for several issues, including betting on IPL cricket matches. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan was indicted for passing IPL information to bookies. Srinivasan was also investigated for corruption involving politician Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Srinivasan holds a Bachelor of Science from Loyola College, Chennai. Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, United States.

He is married to Chitra Srinivasan, and they have two children, Ashwin and Rupa. His son-in-law is Gurunath Meiyappan.


Knight Riders Sports Private Limited

The Kolkata franchise was sold to bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan & Juhi Chawla for $75.09 million (Rs 520 crore)

The Kolkata Knight Riders Owner is Knight Riders Sports Private Limited, co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan of Red Chillies Entertainment and Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta of the Mehta Group.

Red Chillies Entertainment holds a 55% stake in the franchise, whereas the Mehta Group owns the remaining 45%.


United Spirits

Amrit Thomas is the Chief Marketing Officer of United Spirits Limited. United Spirits Limited is an Indian alcoholic beverages company and the world’s second-largest spirits company by volume.

In light of financial scandals involving owner/chairman Vijay Mallya, Amrit Thomas became the chairman of the Royal Challengers.


Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting was coached the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, from 2014 to 2016. He was appointed as the new coach of Delhi Capitals in the IPL, on 3 January 2018.


KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited

The Punjab franchise was sold to the KPH Dream Cricket Private Limited, Dabur Group’s Mohit Burman (46%), the Wadia group’s Ness Wadia (23%), Preity Zinta (23%) and Saptarshi Dey of the Dey & Dey Group (8%) for $76 million (Rs 525 crore).


Stephen Fleming

Stephen Fleming is a New Zealand former cricketer. Stephen Fleming was appointed as Coach of the Chennai Super Kings in 2009.

He coached Chennai Super Kings for 6 years (2009-2015) before it got suspended from IPL for 2 years. In 2016 IPL, he became the coach of Rising Pune Supergiants. In 2018 IPL, Stephen Fleming returned as Coach of Chennai Super Kings after the 2 years suspension.

Stephen Fleming played for the Chennai Super Kings team in the 2008 IPL. He played 10 matches and scored 196 runs with a highest score of 45.