McDonald aims to add value to the Royals team

JAIPUR: Epithets: young, successful and wanted a bell rings, reminding a cricketer. But they are equally suitable for a 'young man' in the field of training Andrew McDonald , who is ready to take on the position of head coach of Rajasthan Royals and assistant coach of the men's team of Cricket Australia.

Although these are the first days for the 38-year-old Australian, who boasts of the Sheffield Shield and Big Bash League titles for Victoria and Melbourne Renegades respectively, McDonald is optimistic about his new role with the Royals.

T20 jobs, particularly in the IPL, do not always arise. Then, when the Royals' work came up, I was glad to throw my hat into the ring. If you ask coaches around the world, at some point they want Coach in the IPL. It is the best competition in the world. You can work with the best players and in front of one of the best cricket fans. It is a contest of all things at the highest level, said the former round, while recognizing Manoj Badale, the principal owner of the Royals, chief executive Ranjit Barthakur and chief operating officer Jake Lush McCrum for trusting him .

McDonald, who in the past was associated with the IPL as bowler trainer of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and also as a player of different franchises, recognizes the challenges that would come along with the work of the head coach. In particular, a coach who enters is the connection with the group, not only with the players but also with the staff with whom I will work. Knowing them before the tournament is critical. This is a short-lived tournament challenge in which you have access to players only a couple of weeks before the tournament, he said, adding: With the retention and auctions of IPL for next year, another challenge would be to gather the list of players They can implement the style of play that we think they can win and take it to the commercial end of the tournament.

Expectations do not end here. Extracting performances from star players, who are the majority, and building a winning outfit will be a question. The Australian hopes to add value to the team. I think it's a pretty exciting list that is currently in place with Jofra Archer , Jos Buttler , Ben stokes Steve Smith Shreyas Gopal , Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson among others. These are the main players to work for. I will seek to add value to that list and try to make them play the cricket style we want to play, he said.

Speaking of his brief international four-year career as a player, McDonald said it was always in the back of his mind to contribute to the sport no matter in what capacity. I had some important long-term injuries throughout my career and since I was passionate about the game, training was a logical career after retirement. I started investing in my training skills even when I was still playing in 2007.

The two sets of roles and coaching are really opposite poles, and both lend a fair share of nerves, but of a different kind. As a player, you get really nervous with your job of going out and performing. As a coach you have nerves about the preparation, development and make sure the player gets what he needs.

His spell as a player also made him rub shoulders with the last Australian batter. Phillip Hughes , whose accidental death shook the entire cricket fraternity. Remembering the time he had spent with him, McDonald described him as a person with great energy. I have great memories playing with Hughes within the Australian cricket team and also for South Australia. My best memories of him is that he made cricket enjoyable. It was great to be near him. It never mattered if he made a duck or a hundred, he was always the same person with great energy. I am grateful for the opportunity to play with him.