Mike Hesson, the Director of Cricket of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), expressed his disappointment as his stint with the franchise came to an end after their 6th-place finish in IPL 2023. Along with Hesson, Sanjay Bangar, the head coach, was also released from their coaching roles. RCB made significant changes to their team management and appointed former Zimbabwe captain and World Cup-winning coach, Andy Flower, as their new head coach for the upcoming season.
During his tenure as Director of Cricket, Hesson led RCB to three playoff appearances in four seasons, making the team a consistent side in the IPL. However, despite their progress, RCB failed to secure the coveted IPL trophy, remaining one of the three franchises that have been part of the IPL since its inception without a title win.
In his post, Mike Hesson expressed his gratitude and fond memories of working with great people both on and off the field. He thanked the management for the opportunity and wished the team and its new coaching staff the very best. He also acknowledged the unwavering support and passion of the RCB fans, making him feel at home during his time with the franchise.
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Before joining RCB, Hesson had an illustrious coaching career, starting with Otago Cricket at the age of 22. He later took over as the coach of Kenya after the 2011 World Cup. However, his most notable achievement came when he served as the head coach of the New Zealand Men’s Cricket Team for six years, becoming their longest-serving cricket coach.
Under his leadership, the team achieved a record 13-match winning streak across all formats, and his ability to transition domestic success to the international stage was highly regarded. As Hesson departs RCB, the franchise looks forward to a new era under the guidance of Andy Flower, hoping to finally clinch their maiden IPL title