IPL 2013 news March 8, 2013

Waqar joins Sunrisers as bowling consultant

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Waqar Younis, the former Pakistan fast bowler, captain and coach, will be joining Sunrisers Hyderabad as a bowling consultant for the 2013 IPL season. Waqar will be the second Pakistani bowling coach in the IPL, following the footsteps of his former new-ball partner Wasim Akram, who has performed the same role with defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders since 2010. Akram, though, has taken a break this season.

Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody, who is the Sunrisers' head coach, was active in hiring Waqar, who is based in Sydney. "Tom is a fine buddy since our playing days and he asked me if I could come and help and I accepted the offer," Waqar told ESPNcricinfo. "I want to go and have a feel about it and how it works."

After he stepped down as Pakistan's head coach in September 2011, Waqar coached Ruhuna Royals in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League last year. During his stint as Pakistan coach, Waqar was instrumental in leading Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2010 World Twenty20 in the West Indies where they were silenced by Michael Hussey's heroics late in the match.

Waqar said the IPL job would be a good challenge. "I am going to go the way I go about things. It will be a good experience for me also to interact with a lot of fast bowlers." And he has already set himself a goal: working closely with the Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma. "I am really excited to work with Ishant Sharma. He can be a better bowler than he is."

Dale Steyn, Clint McKay, Sudeep Tyagi are some of the other quick bowlers in the Sunrisers squad, who are bound to benefit from Waqar's vast experience.

"We hope Waqar's experience and Steyn's expertise will help our bowlers restrict the opposition batsmen's charge and reduce the pressure on our batsmen," a Sunrisers' official said on Waqar's appointment.

Last October, the Sunrisers replaced Deccan Chargers in the IPL after the BCCI had terminated the contract with Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd (owners of the Chargers), due to a prolonged financial crisis. Sun TV network successfully bid for the franchise rights for 85.05 crores per year (approx $15.9m) for a five-year deal.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Clint McKay, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, JP Duminy (currently injured), Karan Sharma, Kumar Sangakkara, Nathan McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Quinton de Kock, Sachin Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, Thalaivan Sargunam, Thisara Perera, Veer Pratap Singh.

Additional reporting by Amol Karhadkar

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • riz8663 on March 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    @jimmy2s I think people misunderstood your comment. Clearly you meant that in a positive way. Dale Steyn (who is one of the best bowler in the world today) being coached by Waqar (who was one of the best bowlers of yesterday) the world does not need this (the product it will produce with this combo) Have mercy (on the batsmen).

  • dariuscorny on March 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @heartbreakerz wrong said a teams greatness is only measured by its performances in WCs and the no. of times they hv won it coz u got to accept it ,its grandest stages of all,and mate Ind lost no. of matches in Sharjah moreover coz of biased umpiring in those days......better talk about last decade...chill

  • heartbreakerz on March 9, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    dariuscorny...cricket isn't only about wc, just have a look at d overall stats in every format, it clearly shows which team is mediocre

  • riz309 on March 9, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    @jimmy2 What's up buddy what world you live in??Waqar Ave 23.84 Ecom4.68 S/R30.5 as compared to STYEN Ave 29.15 Ecom a WHOPPING 5.01 S/R 34.8 that's in ODI the closest to T20 don't you think Styen might learn how to bowl toe crushing foot holes, a little bit of reverse swing to bring his bowling Ave closer to the best in business....lol

  • 30-30-150 on March 9, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 - Honestly Sangakkara is just a flat-track bully. He may have 31 Test centuries but about 26 of them have come in Asia (as many as 19 centuries on those Sri Lankan highways!!). His batting looks good for the eye but I wouldn't rate him 'great'.

  • Kashif.Anwar on March 9, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @jimmy2s I think you don't know what Waqar did as a bowler when he was in his prime form. He was way faster than steyn and of course a better exponent of reverse swing than anyone would ever be. I have yet to see half the quality of toe crushers that Waqar used to bowl. Steyn is the similar kind of bowler as waqar was... bowling full and allowing the ball to swing and dip late. I think he will benefit the most from Waqar.

  • British_North_America on March 9, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    jimmy2s Then why someone like Sangakara needs to be coached by Tom Moody?

  • dummy4fb on March 9, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Was Ishant not in KKR with Wasim as the coach? He wasted an opportunity there. I have a feeling he will waste another opportunity to learn from Waqar.

  • dariuscorny on March 9, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @Ejaz Ahmad well said and these low profile players hv beaten your team in every WC that is why ipl does not require your mediocre players,waqar,wasim exception....cheers

  • Rajeev129 on March 9, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Is he allowed to play ? I would rate him as a better bowler than any other except Steyn in that squad.