After roping in legendary spinner Shane Warne to mentor the team for the IPL 11, Rajasthan Royals have now roped in Sairaj Bahutule as their spin bowling coach for the season.
Bahutule is the new addition to Royals support staff that is being headed by Zubin Bharucha. A former India Test player and a domestic stalwart from Mumbai, Bahutule was an effective leg spinner and a handy batsman.In 118 first-class games, he picked 630 wickets at an average of 26. He has scored 6,176 runs with nine centuries at an average of 31.83.
Speaking on his role with Rajasthan Royals, Bahutule said " “It is a privilege to be part of Rajasthan Royals coaching staff. I am excited to be part of a team that has legendary Shane Warne as mentor. I am looking forward to working with the players and share my knowledge, guide them through as we prepare for the gruelling season,”
He was welcomed by Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha who said that Bahutule's experience will be priceless for the team. “I welcome Sairaj on board. He brings with him immense experience as a player and coach. The camp in Mumbai will be an ideal start to know the players closely, work on specifics and plan the season ahead.” concluded Zubin.
RR squad for IPL 2018
Steve Smith (C), Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror