IPL 2013: Waqar Younis excited by coaching role

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis will work with the likes of Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma during IPL 2013 © Getty Images

Hyderabad: Mar 30, 2013

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis expressed his excitement about coaching the Hyderabad Sunrisers in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

“This is exciting in many ways and it is definitely a huge challenge for me. This is a format which demands quick planning and instinctive reactions. And we have players who are capable of rising to the occasion,” Waqar said, as reported by The Hindu.

Talking about the fast bowlers — Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma — Waqar said, ” Obviously, I can’t tell them about the art of fast bowling as they are established bowlers. Steyn, in my opinion, is the most complete fast bowler in contemporary cricket. He is aggressive, bowls consistently fast, swings the ball and has that aggro image which is so important.”

When asked about his approach to the role and what the early strategies of the team could be, Waqar said, “We want to find out a winning formula with these bowlers. It is obviously too early to list the strong and weak points of my team as we have not even had our first training session yet. The preliminary team meetings were very good. I liked the intensity amongst the players and the support staff. The body language was very positive. It was wonderful to interact with VVS Laxman.”

Talking about the art of reverse swing, Waqar explained, “Not all bowlers can do it. It is a technical thing and it suits a particular type of bowling action. That is the reason why only three or four in a bunch of 40 bowlers are successful.”