Ryan Harris, the former Australia fast bowler who has held coaching positions with the Australian men’s team, Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL in the past, has been signed on as the bowling coach for their 2020 season by Delhi Capitals. Harris replaced fellow Australian James Hopes, who opted out this year because of “personal reasons”.
Harris, 40, will join the Capitals travelling party in the UAE soon, and bolster the support staffers’ line-up that already has head coach Ricky Ponting, assistant coach Mohammad Kaif, spin-bowling coach Samuel Badree and others.
“I am delighted to be back in the IPL,” Harris told the Capitals website. “This is a huge opportunity for me to contribute to the franchise’s ambitions of lifting the coveted IPL trophy. The Delhi Capitals side has an impressive bowling line up, and I can’t wait to start working with them all.”
With Badree, one of the premier T20 spinners in his prime, in charge of the spin bowlers, Harris will likely focus on the pacers, of which the squad has a full house. There are big names like Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma, other established internationals like Anrich Nortje, who was drafted in when Chris Woakes opted out recently, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma and Marcus Stoinis, as well as uncapped Indians Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan and Tushar Deshpande.
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