IPL 2022: Watson set to join DC as assistant coach
Former Australian cricketer Shane Watson is set to join the coaching staff of the Delhi Capitals for the upcoming 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). As per Cricbuzz, Watson was a recommendation of head coach Ricky Ponting. The report adds that only signing formalities are the only thing that remains. Here are further details on the same.
- This move by DC is a good one with Watson adding his experience.
- Watson was a leading performer for Australia across formats, besides doing well in the IPL as well.
- He will work closely with Ponting and aim to develop the DC side further.
- DC have assembled a terrific squad in the IPL 2022 mega auction and Watson could be a real help.
The report adds that besides Watson, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar is being lined up asassistant coach. DC have another assistant coach in Praveen Amre. He has been a long-standing member of the support staff. Meanwhile, the franchise has parted ways with Mohammad Kaif and Ajay Ratra, the assistant coaches from last season. DC also have James Hopes as the bowling coach.
Delhi's biggest buy in the auction was Shardul Thakur. They shelled out Rs. 10.75 crore for his services. DC snapped swashbuckling Australia opener David Warner for Rs. 6.25 crore. They found a perfect replacement for Marcus Stoinis in Mitchell Marsh. They spent Rs. 6.50 crore to acquire Marsh's services. Kuldeep Yadav and Mustafizur Rahman were also bought by Delhi for Rs. 2 crore each.
Complete DC squad: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje, David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Kuldeep Yadav, Ashwin Hebbar, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mandeep Singh, Khaleel Ahmed, Chetan Sakariya, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Rovman Powell, Pravin Dubey, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert.
Delhi have ticked all the boxes during the auction. They have a perfect opening pair in Shaw and Warner. They have both spin-bowling (Axar Patel)and pace-bowling all-rounders (Mitchell Marsh) in their squad. DC have a solid spin unit. Nortje will lead Delhi's pace unit, which has a lot of character. The bench strength is there to see as DC eye a maiden title.