The Sunrisers Hyderabad team has appointed Muttiah Muralitharan as the team’s bowling coach and mentor for the upcoming IPL season. The 42-year-old Sri Lankan off-spinner has both expertise and experience to offer the Sunrisers. He is likely to help the spinners in the Sunrisers Hyderabad team hone their bowling skills. Many are hoping for some quality guidance for Karn Sharma, who had a somewhat underwhelming Test debut. Last year, the Sunrisers finished sixth, and are hoping for a better season this year.
Muralitharan was seen in last year’s IPL when he was playing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He did not play much, and when he did make an appearance, it was not particularly remarkable. Although some thought he might bow out of cricket at this time, he has had much success in the past and is not yet ready to give in his cricket ball. He has, however, moved into the coaching side, rather than the playing side.
Mulitharan has played in 66 IPL games over seven seasons. Along with playing for the Royal Challengers Banagalore, he has also played for the Chennai Super Kings, and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. During this time, he has taken 63 wickets, averaging 26.92. From 2008 until 2010, when he was playing with the Chennai Super Kings, he played particularly well, helping to take the team to a win.
In 2011, while continuing to play cricket, the spinner stopped playing international cricket, although he did continue playing franchise cricket in various leagues around the world. The league teams included the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League, and the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League. After Muralitharan decided to give up his cricket playing career last year, he took on a role as coaching consultant for the Australia team before the series between Australia and Pakistan.