Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been named as the Delhi Capitals’ new Assistant Coach for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. The 40-year-old joins Ricky Ponting (Head Coach), Pravin Amre (Assistant Coach), Ajit Agarkar (Assistant Coach), and James Hopes on the DC coaching team (Bowling Coach).
On his appointment, Watson said, “The IPL, the best T20 tournament in the world. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, first of all with Rajasthan Royals winning it in 2008, led by the incredible man Shane Warne, RCB and then CSK. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, and now coaching opportunities. It’s come to be able to work under the great Ricky Ponting. He was an amazing leader as a captain, and now to be able to coach under him. He is one of the best coaches in the world now. So, for me to be able to learn the ropes under Ricky, I am really excited.”
“With Delhi Capitals, they got great squad, now is the time to win their first title. I am super pumped to get over there, work with the boys, help them out as much as I can and hopefully, we can win the first title. Can’t wait to get over there,” he added.
Watson has extensive experience as a franchise T20 cricket player, having won titles in the IPL, BBL, and PSL. Watson concluded his IPL career with Chennai Super Kings after being named MVP during the Rajasthan Royals’ journey to the trophy in the first season in 2008. He was an important part of Super King’s championship-winning 2018 season as an opener, contributing 555 runs – the team’s second-most – in 15 innings. Watson hit a match-winning century against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. In the meantime, he was also a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore for a short time.
Watson played in both of Australia’s World Cup-winning 50-over campaigns, in 2007 and 2015. He was selected Player of the Tournament in the 2012 T20 World Cup. Watto has over 7000 runs and over 200 wickets in limited-overs cricket, having represented his country in 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is.
The Queenslander has played in the Indian Premier League with Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings, winning the trophy twice – once with RR in 2008 and once with CSK in 2018. Watson has 3875 runs and 92 wickets in the IPL and is widely regarded as one of the tournament’s top all-rounders due to his consistency.