If report from Cricbuzz is to be believed, former South Africa bowler Dale Steyn is going to be the next bowling coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
Steyn has also played for the SRH franchise for a couple of seasons and in all, played 95 matches in the Indian Premier League. Regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time with 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95, Steyn would be a perfect choice to become the bowling coach of the franchise, which won the title in IPL 2016.
The franchise needed new personnel in the coaching staff after head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Brad Haddin quit after the 2021 season. The franchise has also had to part ways with long-standing mentor VVS Laxman, who took up an assignment with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as the new chief of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Hemang Badani To Join SRH Team As Batting Coach
Cricbuzz reported that SRH has approached Dale Steyn to be their bowling coach and if everything goes fine, an official announcement will be made next week. Steyn had announced his retirement from cricket in August this year and has moved onto media roles.
Steyn, who played 125 ODIs (196 wickets) and 47 T20Is (64 wickets), has represented Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and has returned 97 wickets in the league.
Apart from Steyn, people in the knowledge of developments told Cricbuzz that former India and Tamil Nadu batter Hemang Badani will join the franchise as their batting coach. Tom Moody, who was SRH’s director of cricket last year, has been re-designated as head coach after Trevor Bayliss quit thanks to SRH’s poor performance in IPL 2021, where they ended at the bottom of the points table with just 3 wins in the tournament.
During the IPL 2022 player retention period, Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Kane Williamson and named him as their captain for the upcoming season. Apart from him, SRH also retained young guns from Jammu and Kashmir, batter Abdul Samad and pacer Umran Malik.
Former captain David Warner, who was unceremoniously sacked mid-tournament in IPL 2021, was not retained and will go into the mega auction that is slated to happen in January 2022.