Ryan ten Doeschate appointed batting coach of Kent

Ryan ten Doeschate, the Netherlands’ leading run-scorer in ODIs, brought down the curtains on his cricketing career of over 15 years after the T20 World Cup 2021. He is set to don the new role now as he has been name the batting coach of Kent.

He played for Essex in 554 games across all formats and scored 17,046 runs while picking up 348 wickets during his stint with the county team. Doeschate also announced his retirement from professional cricket earlier this year.

Doeschate was the first and the only Dutch player to participate in the Indian Premier League. Kolkata Knight Riders picked him in 2011 and played an essential role in KKR’s triumph in 2012 and 2014.

He will be replacing Michael Yardy, who was associated with the team for the last two years and has returned to Sussex as their academy director. Doeschate would be working at Kent along with his former Essex team-mate Matt Walker. He would be looking after young batting talents like Zak Crawley and Jordan Cox.

On getting an opportunity to work with Kent, Doeschate said: “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work with Matt Walker and the Kent squad, especially with the talented group of players that have just won the Vitality Blast and will compete in Division One of next season’s LV= Insurance County Championship. I’m ready to start a new chapter of my career and use my experience and that of some of the others I’ve worked with to influence and improve the players and the group,” he added.

He will bring with him a winning mentality, says Kent’s director of cricket

Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, was really pleased with Doeschate becoming the team’s batting coach. Under Doeschate’s leadership, Essex won two county championships, and hence, Downton mentioned that he would be bringing a winning mentality to the team.

“We are delighted to welcome ‘Tendo’ to the club following his recent retirement as an outstanding player,” Downton said. “He is a proven leader with two Championship wins under his captaincy at Essex, and he already has a varied coaching CV. He will bring with him a winning mentality and all the experience of a successful playing career into an ambitious Kent dressing room keen to learn,” Downton further added.