Former South Africa seamer Alfonso Thomas will be joining IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils as their fast bowling coach for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league.
The 38-year-old Thomas didn’t play much international cricket but has had the experience of plying his trade across private leagues across the world including the IPL, Big Bash league, English T20 and the BPL. He has played for Pune Warriors in the IPL.
In all, Thomas took 248 wickets in 214 T20 matches and represented the Titans, Lions and Dolphins at domestic level.
According to a press release issued by the Delhi Daredevils, Thomas will work with the pace bowlers on a short-term contract. During his time, Thomas will share his vast experience of bowling in the T20 format across the world.
Speaking on the appointment, chief coach Gary Kirsten, said: ‘We are delighted to secure the services of Alfonso. His knowledge of bowling in T20 cricket is excellent. We are hopeful that he will share his experience and expertise with our group of young and experienced bowlers. We welcome him wholeheartedly to the group as we begin the journey for this season.’
Thomas said he was excited about joining the Delhi Daredevils squad and be a part of the IPL once again.
‘I have enjoyed my time as a player in the IPL. It is therefore very special for me to be working with Delhi Daredevils squad. When the call came through from Gary, I jumped at the opportunity. I am looking forward to share all that I have learnt,’ Thomas said.
‘The squad has a number of experienced bowlers like Zaheer Khan and Albie Morkel, alongside promising talents like Mohammed Shami, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Gurinder Sandhu. It is an exciting opportunity for me to work with this group.
‘I have learnt from my experience across the world that bowling in the T20 format maybe tough, but if you do the basics well you can earn success. This is my first major opportunity to share experience as a coach.
‘I have played in the tournament before so it will help us draw up plans accordingly. I have played with most of the guys so settling in with the squad will be fairly easy. I will do all that I can to help Gary and the boys,’ added Thomas.
The Delhi Daredevils will play their first match against the Chennai Super Kings on April 9.