Mumbai, 15 March 2022: Former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been named as the new Assistant Coach of the JSW-GMR co-owned Delhi Capitals for the upcoming TATA Indian Premier League season. Ricky Ponting (Head Coach), Pravin Amre (Assistant Coach), Ajit Agarkar (Assistant Coach), and James Hopes make up the DC coaching team (Bowling Coach).
Watson commented on his appointment, “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, regarded as one of the top all-rounders in white-ball cricket, has played in two World Cup-winning 50-over campaigns for Australia — in 2007 and 2015. He was selected Player of the Tournament at the 2012 T20 World Cup. Watto has over 7000 runs and over 200 wickets in limited-overs cricket after playing in 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is for his country.
The Queenslander has represented Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League, winning the title twice — with RR in 2008 and CSK in 2018. Watson has 3875 runs and 92 wickets in the IPL, and his consistency has earned him praise as one of the tournament's top all-rounders.