With the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 coming up, the cricket squads are doing what they can to improve their playing and hone their skills. The Sunrisers Hyderabad recently made the decision to bring Muttiah Muralitharan onto their team. Muralitharan has been brought aboard as both a bowling coach and mentor.
The Sri Lankan has much knowledge, experience, and expertise to share with the squad. Being an expert spinner, he can guide the team, with a possible focus on Karn Sharma.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad
Last year, the Sunrisers Hyderabad finished only sixth in the league, and are hoping to win, or at least place higher this year. Last year’s season was a disappointing one, but the squad is looking forward to a better IPL this year.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad team is owned by Kalanithi Maran, from the Sun TV channel network. Along with the new bowling coach, the team has Tom Moody as its head coach, and Simon Helmot as its assistant coach. Other team mentors apart from Muralitharan are VVS Laxman, and Krish Srikkanth.
There were 11 players released from the team this year, and 13 players retained.
The players that have been retained are Shikhar Dhamwan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind, David Werner, Ricky Bhui, KL Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Moises Henriques, and Naman Ojha.
About Muttiah Muralitharan
Muralitharan is a 42-year-old Sri Lankan off-spinner. While Muralitharan will be coaching this year, last year he played with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He did not get the chance to play much during last year’s IPL.
While Muralitharan may not have shown any spectacular talent in the short time he had to play in last year’s IPL, he is certainly very talented, and will be able to impart quality bowling tips to the players.
Mulitharan has played in seven IPL seasons, having participated in 66 games altogether. Not only did he play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he also played for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and the Chennai Super Kings. He took 63 wickets in his IPL games accordinf to stats on cricinfo .
When playing with the Chennai Super Kings, his quality playing helped take the team through to first place.
The spinner stopped playing international cricket matches in 2011, although he did continue playing in various leagues around the world including the Caribbean Premier League, and the Big Bash League. After Muralitharan stopped playing competitive cricket last year, he was a coaching consultant for the Australian cricket team.
*No doubt one of the biggest moves on the IPL this season has been Mandeep Singh traded to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
 espncricinfo.com, Muttiah Muralitharan Stats, 2015