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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  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 8, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Dale Steyn being coached by Waqar Younis? The world does not need this. Have mercy

  • POSTED BY 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).

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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'.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 9, 2013, 11:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 8, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Dale Steyn being coached by Waqar Younis? The world does not need this. Have mercy

  • POSTED BY 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).

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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'.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | March 9, 2013, 11:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | March 9, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    "I am really excited to work with Ishant Sharma. He can be a better bowler than he is." it is the most hillarious comment means he is upto one hell of a challenge i.e. how to make Ishant bowl....

  • POSTED BY on | March 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    They are only hiring what is good for Indian Cricket. They can say no to Pakistani Player cause that will lower their own player's price but while hiring a coach there is no issue cause their aren't many choices.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 9, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    waqar can possibly communicate easier than dale with indian youngsters when it comes to bowling tips. anyways with both of them involved in one team, i hope hyd'bad will be a better bowling side. and then they have Sanga, Cameron White, JP, Nathan McCullum, Shikhar Dhawan etc.

  • POSTED BY PkZindabaad on | March 9, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Waqar should not have accepted as our national players were left gasping with no Indian invitation to play in IPL. In fact there are not willing to visit or play in neutral venues.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | March 9, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Here is a lesson for PCB. If you aren't going to respect your heroes then someone else will.

  • POSTED BY USMANRANDHAWA on | March 9, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Waqar is far batter than steyn, Steyn is a good bowler no doubt but only in his own conditions but Waqar is a master blaster in each and every condition.There is no comparison in Waqar & steyn. He is an asset for Pakistan. Indian should learn from Waqar's academy.

  • POSTED BY on | March 9, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Is Ishant fit enough to play? He was complaining about some problems. I thought he was going to take a break again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 9, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Dale steyn to become even more formidable from now on with Waqar alongside him...!! A nuclear tipped arrow to be precise...!!! Oops, batsmen the world over, beware...!!!

  • POSTED BY torsha on | March 9, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Good to see Pakistani bowlers as coaches for Delhi and Hyderabad. First Mustaq and now Waqar. Hyderabad got some serious players there.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Best of Luck Wiqi.... It will be good to c u in IPL.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    If Pak players are not allowed then Pak Coaches or ex players shudnt be allowed as well

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    MrJimmy look at the stats of Waqar Younas ans Steyn in both the longer and short formats. Waqar's stats are on flat tracks. Steyn is a really good bowler of his own era.He can learn much from Waqar. Steyn is a 2nd class bowler when the ball is old. He is only a new ball bowler.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | March 8, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Waqar is a professional, he has all the rights to join whatrever he preferred to, but I wish Pakistan board could keep him as a long term bowling coach. Pak badly need someone like him or Wasim, both are now involved in IPL coaching. Now, I hope Ishant, other young Indians and even Styne make best use of this awesome opportunity. Now I have at least one reason to watch IPL.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | March 8, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Instead of coaching he shud play

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Waqa n Steyn, hell of a combo !!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    great bowler coaching in IPL good news

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 8, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Dale Steyn alongside such a great in Waqar surely will be eye catching... Morever waqar will have a oppurtunity to coach a player of Steyn's standards

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    steyn and waqar best combination. der is also grt news for india. ishant gets trained by waqar. indias pace spearhead has a big chance to improve. Playing alongside steyn and getting coached by younis is evry fast bowlers dream. also this wil help the sunrisers bowling unit a lot as dey wer really slack last time excluding steyn. dale steyn and ishant sharma. grt pace attak.ashish reddy was really gud with the slower ball last time. he haz improved a lot n his batting. so he will compliment steyn and ishant. also we hav vp singh and clint mckay and juan theron. the spin will be managed by amit mishra and ankit sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Waqar Younis can teach Ishant Sharma but will he be able to get him to cut his hair? Waqar has said it on tv that they could be the problem.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Few months ago waqar has said he is disappointed with ishant ,with his pace and ability bowling the ball bit short and not giving himself a chance to take wickets. Now that waqar is joining him in sunrisers team he can teach him the art of taking wickets. I always felt the mantra to take wickets is to bowl full.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    This is a great move by My Hyderabad Sunrisers. And, for Waqar to say he is excited to work with Ishant and improve is great to hear. Hope Ishant improves playing alongside Steyn and getting coached by Waqar.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Indian officials certainly missing a point here by not inviting Pakistani players in IPL-3, Indians are always a big fan of Pakistani players and this will be a big appointment for them. BCCI must rethink about the strategy.

  • POSTED BY uzairamir on | March 8, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    if waqar younis could teach steyn the art of reverse swing then steyn would be double the success he is now

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It is a intelligent move by Hydrabad club.He was a massive bowler with fantastic proven records.you will not find this kind of people with huge knowledge of the game very oftenly.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Ok so now Dale Steyn will be bowling good not only with new ball but will reverse it when its old and will also learn to bowl good in sub-continent. Excited to see how it goes. Best of luck KKR :)

  • POSTED BY Dil-Dil-Pakistan on | March 8, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I totally agree with (Edassery)No doubt it is a double stander of IPL management & authorities.thay are allow the Pakistani coaches and commentators,in IPL why not the Pakistan players.

  • POSTED BY Kalyanb85 on | March 8, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Great news.I ndon't really care about the IPL but I hope Ishant can take in as much as he can from this Legend. And if Steyn has the willingness to learn, Imagine what he can be after this. Fast bowling is the best art in this world!!

  • POSTED BY ahtasham.rvj on | March 8, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    This shows the double standard of BCCI and they don't allow Pakistani cricketers but allows the coaches and commentators from the same country....this is totally hypocrisy and double standard of BCCI.........

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    right decision by sunrisers

  • POSTED BY Taha_Farrukh on | March 8, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Really good move by riser.....y not Pakistani player not allowed in IPL ...very strange.............

  • POSTED BY shan.shan on | March 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    A golden chance for indian bowler to learn the art of swing bowling in both ways with a massive pace........guys plz get the most out of this......

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    its a very wise decision by the franchiese......best of luck this time...cheers....

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | March 8, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Totally agree with sramesh_74. If they can pool in Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis as coaches and some others as commentators, why not the Pakistan players. The other funny exception is the inclusion of now 'British' then 'Pakistani' Azhar Mahmood. It's nothing but double standard by the Indian IPL authorities.

    Inclusion of some good limited over players from Pakistan will definitely add more spice to IPL than some of those high profile hires from Australia etc.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Fantastic movie by Sunrisers. Waqar was the greatest exponent of prodigious reverse swing that too at express speeds.. The sunrisers bowlers should learn a lot from him...

  • POSTED BY sunrisers_dktej on | March 8, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Waqar to coach Steyn. . .Great combination

  • POSTED BY stormer1980 on | March 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Nice one ... Steyn bowling coach international is Allan Donald and now gets to work with the great Waqar Younis... We'll not only see Steyn swinging the ball at will anymore but also reversing it with the old ball ... Thank you Moody ..

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    this is a very intelligent move by sunrisers hyderabad. i think they will win ipl 2013

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    combination of waqar younis and dale steyn !!!! beware other ipl teams !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Cool. The Great Waqar would be helpful for all domestic bowlers of Sunrisers but I really hope Ishant Sharma makes full use of this opportunity and learn bowling skills from Waqar.

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | March 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Waqar younis is a living legend.love him!!!

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | March 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    If this ain't hypocrisy what is?? You will not allow Pak cricketers..but the same does not apply for the coaches and commentators..

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    good. Only pakistani will help Indian to produce qualiy bowler

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Oh what an intelligent move from Hyderabad! With a new outlook, Sunrisers will get loads of good in the bowling arena from the great WIKI!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Oh what an intelligent move from Hyderabad! With a new outlook, Sunrisers will get loads of good in the bowling arena from the great WIKI!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    good. Only pakistani will help Indian to produce qualiy bowler

  • POSTED BY sramesh_74 on | March 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    If this ain't hypocrisy what is?? You will not allow Pak cricketers..but the same does not apply for the coaches and commentators..

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | March 8, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Waqar younis is a living legend.love him!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Cool. The Great Waqar would be helpful for all domestic bowlers of Sunrisers but I really hope Ishant Sharma makes full use of this opportunity and learn bowling skills from Waqar.

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    combination of waqar younis and dale steyn !!!! beware other ipl teams !!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    this is a very intelligent move by sunrisers hyderabad. i think they will win ipl 2013

  • POSTED BY stormer1980 on | March 8, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Nice one ... Steyn bowling coach international is Allan Donald and now gets to work with the great Waqar Younis... We'll not only see Steyn swinging the ball at will anymore but also reversing it with the old ball ... Thank you Moody ..

  • POSTED BY sunrisers_dktej on | March 8, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Waqar to coach Steyn. . .Great combination

  • POSTED BY on | March 8, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Fantastic movie by Sunrisers. Waqar was the greatest exponent of prodigious reverse swing that too at express speeds.. The sunrisers bowlers should learn a lot from him...