Patrick Farhart, the former physiotherapist to the Indian team, has now joined the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Back in July 2015, Farhart joined Team India during a tour of Sri Lanka. He replaced Nitin Patel, who had resigned due to personal reasons. Farhart joined the likes of Shankar Basu, the former India strength and conditioning expert, and Arun Kanade.
Farhart’s tenure with Team India came to an end after the national team’s exit from the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. The Men in Blue lost their semi-final match against New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester by 18 runs and Farhart along with Basu bid adieu to the team. Farhart also had the experience of working with Mumbai Indians (MI), the four-time IPL champions.
In the Capitals, Farhart will join the likes of Ricky Ponting, the head coach of the franchise, and Sourav Ganguly, who was appointed as the team’s advisor back in March. Farhart has been in the field for over 20 years and has plied his trade for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League (BBL), Hampshire, New South Wales, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and even Australia previously.
We are delighted to welcome Patrick Farhart to the #DC family! 🤩🙌
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) August 2, 2019
A wonderful 2019 season for the Capitals
Farhart joining the likes of Ganguly and Ponting is expected to strengthen the coaching staff. Prior to the last season, the Delhi-based franchise didn’t quite have a great run in the history of the cash-rich tournament and even finished as the cellar dwellers on a number of times. However, last time around, the team, captained by Shreyas Iyer, punched above their weight and put up a decent show.
In the league stages, they finished third on the points table with nine victories from 14 matches. The likes of Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan and others showed a great level of consistency. In the Eliminator, the Capitals rolled over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by a couple of wickets in Vizag.
But in the Qualifier 2, the Iyer-led team lost to 2018 champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets and bowed out of the tournament. Despite the elimination, the franchise was praised for their show. Now with Farhart in the mix, the Capitals would be looking to prepare better for the next season.
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