Ray Jennings

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Ray Jennings
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Personal information
Full name Raymond Vernon Jennings
Born (1954-08-09) 9 August 1954 (age 60)
Vanderbijlpark, Transvaal
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style NA
Domestic team information
Years Team
1974–1990 Transvaal / B
1990–1993 Northern Transvaal

Raymond Vernon Jennings (born 9 August 1954 in Vanderbijlpark) is a former South African cricketer. He was one of South Africa's leading wicket-keepers during the apartheid era.[1]

In October 2004 Jennings was appointed coach of the South Africa national cricket team on a short-term contract, he had previously coached South Africa A.[2] Under Jennings, South Africa played four Test series, losing to India and England before beating Zimbabwe and the West Indies. At the end of the West Indies tour he was replaced by Mickey Arthur.[3]

He coached the Under-19 team in the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia before taking over as coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the second season of the IPL.

Coaching Royal Challengers Bangalore[edit]

Late in 2008 Jennings took over as head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team in the Indian Premier League owned by the business tycoon Vijay Mallya. He was now heading a unit that experienced a forgettable IPL 2008 after finishing 7th on the log among the 8 competing teams. Jennings brought the team together by making Anil Kumble the captain of the side for the second edition of the IPL that was to start in South Africa. Under Jennings, Royal Challengers Bangalore had success and made it to the finals of the league facing Deccan Chargers in 2009. This was a big turn around for the franchise and the team who had a bad run the previous season. The same year, Royal Challengers Bangalore also qualified for the inaugural Champions League Twenty20. In 2010, the team made it to the semi-finals losing to Mumbai Indians and later finishing 3rd on the table. Jennings also has a huge fan following from the city of Bangalore from where the Royal Challengers Bangalore play. He also created the cartoon The Hive.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 23 April 2009
  2. ^ Ray Jennings steps into Eric Simons's shoes, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 23 April 2009
  3. ^ Mickey Arthur takes over from Jennings, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 23 April 2009