Daredevils hire Thomas as bowling consultant


Indian Premier League side the Delhi Daredevils have hired Somerset, and former South Africa, bowler Alfonso Thomas as their bowling consultant for the 2015 season.

The 38 year-old Thomas, who is Somerset's captain in the T20 and One-day formats in the English domestic season, has accumulated 248 wickets in 214 games in T20 matches all around the world.

A right-arm seamer, Thomas will help head coach, and fellow South African, Gary Kirsten on the Daredevils coaching staff, and will draw on his experience of playing in the IPL competition in 2011 and 2012 with the Pune Warriors.

Delhi Darevils said in a statement: "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, who has one T20I cap for the Proteas, said: "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."

"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."