Ryan Harris: The former Australia fast bowler will soon fly to UAE to join Delhi Capitals for the 13th season of the Indian Premier League.
Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has signed with Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals as a bowling coach for the imminent IPL 2020 in UAE.
Harris, 40, has replaced former Australia all-rounder James Hopes for the role as the latter had made himself unavailable for this season due to “personal reasons”. Between 2009-10, both Harris and Hopes had played for the same Australian team across formats on 15 occasions.
Harris has joined Capitals on the back of coaching stints with Australian men’s national team, Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. Harris will join Delhi’s support staff already comprising of head coach Ricky Ponting, assistant coach Mohammad Kaif and spin-bowling coach Samuel Badree.
Harris is most likely to extensively work with Capitals’ fast bowling group consisting of Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Mohit Sharma and Tushar Deshpande.
Ryan Harris joins Delhi Capitals as bowling coach
“I am delighted to be back in the IPL. 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,” Harris said in a statement posted on Delhi Capitals’ website.
An impressive former fast bowler to coach an impressive current bowling line-up 🤩
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) August 25, 2020
In 37 IPL matches for Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab between 2009-13, Harris had dismissed 45 batsmen at an average of 23.27, an economy rate of 7.55 and a strike rate of 18.49.
Part of Deccan Chargers’ title-winning campaign in 2009, Harris’ six wickets in eight matches for them had come at an average of 38.33, an economy rate of 7.41 and a strike rate of 31. In a career which was affected by injuries, Harris last international and first-class cricket in 2015.