Klusener named consultant of Delhi team, Manhas appointed coach
Delhi will require every bit of Lance Klusener's coaching experience. (Getty Images)

Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder has been appointed cricket consultant of Delhi cricket team for the one-day tournaments of the 2018-19 season. The domestic season will see Delhi play the 2018-19 Vijay Harare Trophy and the Deodhar Trophy starting September 19 and October 23 respectively, during which Klusener will be assisted by former Delhi batsman Mithun Manhas, who has been named coach.

“Lance Klusener will be Cricket Consultant of Ranji Team of DCCA for One-day tournaments starting from 19th September (Vijay Hazare trophy and Deodhar Trophy) and domestic T20 tournament scheduled in February 2019,” DDCA president Rajat Sharma told PTI on Monday.

“His role will require his services alongside the main coach and all the other coaches in the team.”

Klusener possesses a rich experience of coaching. After completing a Level-three coaching course provided by Cricket South Africa in Spring 2010, Klusener had his first coaching stint with Sunfoil Dolphins, whom he coached for four years from 2012 to 2016. Post that, Klusener associated himself with Zimbabwe as their batting coach and had a significant role to play. Sikandar Raza, who scored his maiden Test century against Sri Lanka in July last year, credit the South African for batting revival.

Fondly nicknamed Zulu, Klusener played 49 Tests for South Africa between 1996 and 2004 with 1906 runs and 80 wickets. This included four Test hundreds and best bowling performance of 8 for 64. However, it was the one-day format where Klusener left an impact. Known for his ferocious hitting and the ability to break partnership, Klusener was the Man of the Series during the 1999 World Cup in England which Australia won with 281 runs in eight innings and 17 wickets from nine matches.

Manhas, on the other hand, doesn’t have much of a coaching experience but has been at the forefront of Delhi’s success in the domestic arena. Over the years, Manhas has been one of Delhi’s batting mainstays and was at the helm when the side ended their Ranji Trophy drought and won the title in 2007-08.