Melbourne: Kings XI Punjab have roped in former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie as their bowling coach as they prepare to take on new entrants Pune Warriors in their opening Indian Premier League match on Sunday.
Gillespie`s name was recommended by the new captain Adam Gilchrist and coach Michael Bevan, both former Australian cricketers, and he will join the team in Mumbai tomorrow. He left Australia for India today.
"Bevo (Bevan) and Adam Gilchrist as captain have been working hard to have someone work with their bowlers, which is nice of them," Gillespie said.
"I spoke to Bevan Wednesday night and he was keen to have me over there. It is just a matter of having a simple yet effective game plan, go out and do a job and I am there to help.”
"I have made a decision to give it a crack and see where it takes me and opportunities like this don`t come along every day so I thought I had better take it," he was quoted as saying by `The Advertiser`.
The 35-year-old arrived home a few day ago after a coaching stint with Zimbabwe Twenty20 franchise MidWest Rhinos.
Gillespie has 259 wickets to his credit from 71 Tests, besides 142 scalps from 91 ODIs.