Former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has been named as the new bowling coach of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming IPL 2020 scheduled to be held in UAE.
13th edition of the IPL is set to be played in UAE (United Arab Emirates). IPL 2020 has been scheduled now between 19 September 2020 and 10 November 2020. IPL 2020 opening match will be played between the Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 19 September 2020 in UAE. IPL 2020 Final to be played on 10 November 2020.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals (DC) have roped in former Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris as their bowling coach for the 2020 season.
The 2020 edition of the IPL, which was initially scheduled to start in March, was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the 13th edition of the IPL will be played from September 19 to November 10, across three venues in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
James Hopes, who was the Delhi Capitals‘ bowling coach in 2018 and 2019, will be unable to travel with the team this year owing to 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.
In 2009, he won the IPL with the Deccan Chargers. However, injuries forced him to announce his retirement in 2015.
Since then, Harris has undertaken coaching assignments with the Australian team, Big Bash League side Brisbane Heat. He even had a stint with Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
He joins the Delhi Capitals coaching staff featuring Ricky Ponting, Mohammad Kaif, Samuel Badree and Vijay Dahiya
Harris was a part of the Deccan Chargers side that won the 2009 edition of the IPL, contested in South Africa because of the Indian general elections, and played for the side the following season as well. One of his highest points while playing for Chargers actually came against Delhi Daredevils (Capitals’ earlier avatar) when, in the 2009 semi-final in Centurion, Harris sent back Daredevils openers Gautam Gambhir and David Warner for ducks in the very first over.
He moved to Kings XI in 2011. He played for Kings XI till 2013, and was forced to retire as a player not long after, having had to cope with major injuries for the best part of his career. Harris turned to coaching after that, and replaced Venkatesh Prasad as bowling coach at Kings XI in 2019.