Sridhar has played 22 years of top flight cricket for Hyderabad. He started his coaching career in 2001 and served as assistant coach of India Under-19 team in 2014 World Cup.
Commenting on the announcement, Promoters of Kings XI Punjab said, "We are pleased to appoint R Sridhar as the fielding coach of the squad. He is a seasoned player whose contribution will add immense value to the squad. We are sure that he will prepare & encourage players to recognize and play to their strengths which will translate well for the team."
"I am honoured to be a part of KXIP and would like to thank the franchisee for entrusting me with the opportunity to coach one of the most balanced team in IPL season 7. The squad constitutes of young, talented and experienced players and I am looking forward to working with them to make success in the upcoming IPL season" Sridhar said.
Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar said, "On behalf of the team, I would like to welcome R Sridhar to KXIP. Sridhar has been a tremendous player and I am certain that together by setting in the right techniques, we will be able to coach the team to play some great cricket this season."


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LS Polls: Anomaly between ratio of voters per MP increasing


New Delhi: Approximately 84 crore people are expected to use their franchise in the upcoming sixteenth Lok Sabha elections, according to latest data available with the Election Commission of India. These voters, out of which nearly 10 percent are first-time voters, will elect 543 MPs across the country.


This means, one MP will represent approx 15.5 lakh voters which clearly indicate that number of voters per Law Maker is more than four and half times than it were during the first general elections (held in 1951-52). There were 489 LS seats in 401 constituencies at that time of LS polls.


Though the number of voters keeps growing because of increase in population, not a single Lok Sabha seat has been increased since 1977 general elections.


The ratio of voters per MP varies sharply when one looks at state wise data. For example, one MP of Rajasthan represents nearly 18 lakh voters anomaly where a Kerala MP represents just 12 lakh voters. The data is available for bigger states only and not counting smaller states and Union Territories where a MP can be elected by as low as 50,000 people.


Experts believe that standardization of constituencies did not take place during the 2008 delimitation. Had it taken place, it would have created more constituencies in states like Bihar and Rajasthan, having higher population growth rate. Similarly the number of constituencies would have been pruned in states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu having lower population growth.  


As a result, disconnect between voters and elected representative is increasing. The MPs can’t be held solely responsible for this gap as it’s literally not possible for an MP to connect with each and every individual of his constituency. But the one who suffers is common man.


So the only solution of this problem is to increase the number of constituencies or number of seats in the Lower House of the Parliament.


But there is an interesting aspect related to general elections. In the year 1951, there were only 1,874 candidates but it has increased to 8,070 candidates in 2009. With the increase in number of candidates, number of candidates who lost elections or lost their deposit has also increased. According to a data available with Election Commission of India, only 745 candidates had lost their deposits during first general elections while 6,829 contestants forfeited their deposit during 15th Lok Sabha elections.