“Thinks Differently”: Mahela Jayawardene On New Mumbai Indians Coach Mark Boucher

Former Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene© BCCI/IPL

Mumbai Indians on Friday appointed South African great Mark Boucher as the franchise’s new head coach. Boucher, who currently plays with the South African national team, has helped the Proteas improve their performance in the shorter formats by leaps and bounds. Boucher will take over from longtime MI coach Mahela Jayawardene, who has taken on a global role following MI’s foray into foreign T20 competitions.

In a video shared by the franchise on Twitter, Jayawardene spoke highly of Boucher.

“Mark, he’s an exciting coach. The way he’s transformed South African white-ball cricket. He’s been brilliant and he’s also someone who we think will think differently and make a very positive contribution to the Mumbai Indians. Especially if we have a group of players with the skills that we have. Then we have a younger group that comes through too. It’s the transition that we have to manage and we think Mark is the best man for that,” said Jayawardene.

Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in the Indian Premier League and have won the title 5 times. They had a miserable season in 2022 and hope to come back strong in 2023.

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