Former Australia pacer Ryan Harris finally had his first session as Delhi Capitals’ bowling coach on Wednesday. Delhi Capitals recently roped in the former Australia international as their bowling coach and had announced his appointment last month.
Ryan Harris landed in UAE last week and had to remain in the mandatory quarantine before finally getting the green light to join the training. Speaking after his first net session, he said he is already looking forward to working with the dynamic bowling attack.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Delhi Capitals. I’ve admired the way that Delhi has played over the last few years. I’ve spent a fair bit of time in the IPL, both playing and as a coach with Punjab. It’s nice to be a part of a big franchise like the Delhi Capitals,” said Ryan Harris who had also played for the now-defunct Deccan Chargers.
“There are a few players with whom I have played with and against during my time with Australia and in the IPL, so it was nice to see some familiar faces. It’s going to be nice to sit with them, and most importantly talk to them about their cricket,” he was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Delhi’s pace attack is one of the best in the tournament. They boast the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Mohit Sharma, Harshal Patel among others.
Ryan Harris impressed:
Ryan Harris stated that he was impressed with the way the players trained. He said it didn’t look like the players were out of practice in the past few months. Most of the players who are in UAE have not played any competitive match since the action came to a halt in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“I know that the boys haven’t been able to train in the past few months due to the pandemic, but watching them bat and bowl, and seeing some shots flying over the fence, I’ve been impressed with them.
“Their work ethic is unbelievable and they seem in very good space for guys who haven’t done a lot of training – they look in excellent condition,” said Ryan Harris.
Image 1️⃣ 👉🏻 @r_harris413 marks attendance on his first day at the DC camp 👋🏻
Image 2️⃣ 👉🏻 Immediately starts working with the quicks 👌🏻
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 3, 2020
He further lavished praise on his former Australia captain and current Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting.
“I still get goose bumps seeing him talk in the huddle. He’s a guy who presented me with my baggy green cap, and even my one-day cap for Australia. I’m very lucky for him to have asked me to come here to be part of this project, and to work with him is very satisfying for me, and a very humbling experience,” he said.
“I’ve been coaching for a few years now, but there’s still so much to learn, and I think there’s no better person to do it with than Ricky. I used to love watching him play growing up, loved playing with him, and now I get to work and coach with him, and hopefully to success this year in the IPL. It’s going to be good fun,” added the former pacer.
IPL 2020 is scheduled to be played from September 19 to November 10. Delhi Capitals will be looking to make further progress after a promising season last year when they made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012.