The Royal Challengers Bangalore have announced that New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori will captain the team in the 2011 Indian Premier League.
Vettori replaces Anil Kumble, who led the Royal Challengers for the last two years when they finished as runners-up in 2009 and semi-finalists in 2010.
Kumble has since moved into the non-playing role of chief mentor at the franchise, and the former Indian spinner is looking forward to working closely with Vettori.
Kumble told the Royal Challengers official website: “Vettori is a hugely respected professional not only within his team but amongst his international peers as well.
“His unique ability to get players to perform as a unit and deliver more than just the sum of their parts, as he has done time and again with New Zealand, will be a big asset to any team.”
Bangalore Coach Ray Jennings, meanwhile, added: “Vettori is also probably the best spinner in the world at the moment and brings in tremendous skills that will be extremely useful on the Indian pitches.
“We hope that he will inspire the young Royal Challengers as much with his performance as with his leadership skills in the upcoming season.” Cricket365