It is a long way from Llangennech from Carmarthenshire to Jaipur in Rajasthan.
It’s the gulf Welshman Steffan Jones, 45, will probably be bridging after being named fast-bowling coach in Rajasthan Royals from the IPL.
In a 14-year playing livelihood Jones switched his arm for Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent between 1997 and 2011, but admits he did not make many headlines.
“My dream is always to be the greatest fast bowling coach in the world,” said Jones, who’s having a break from his job as manager of sport at Wellington School at Somerset to match his function in India where he’ll work with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer.
“I had been a bouncy player. I learned how to pick up myself a lot and the best coaches are not the players.
“I was much less talented like a great deal of people, nevertheless they played with as much time as me because I worked harder.”
Jones’ modesty regarding his acting ability contrasts with his dream as a coach:”I do Baseball camps, javelin consultancy so all skills which are transferrable to fast-bowling.
“I don’t know a lot in Cricket which is a ways behind other sports.
“I think outside the box and also the results speak for themselves and’m in a fortunate position.”
Jones opted to move to Wellington School after turning an option to be a player-coach in Derbyshire believing he’d benefit from a spell away from the game.
However, It was a stint using Hobart Hurricanes from the 2017 Australian Big Bash League that opened up the doorway into the IPL.
While there Jones functioned with England’s Stuart Broad and former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait that helped open doors.
“My profile social media has grown and certain powerful people saw it,” said Jones.
“The exposure I got from Stuart Broad saying I had been one of the greatest bowling coaches he had worked with was pretty big for me… for a Llangennech boy in a school at the south west England.
“I do coach a lot of foreign players and I think it was Rahul Dravid, because I trainer in his academy, who pushed me to The Royals.
“I fulfilled with the general manager and the rest is now history.”
Jones has been a fast-medium bowler by trade, but pace is at the core of his coaching philosophy.
“It is the the xfactor and people who state it isn’t crucial are probably the ones who can not coach it.
“I am very much a numbers-driven coach based on science and facts that you can not argue with.
“My coaching is about becoming one chunk faster. Not everybody is able to bowl 90mph, nevertheless they are able to bowl a bit quicker and it is all about taking the brake off.”
“Jofra is express pace,” said Jones.
“I did some work with him a couple of months past and his numbers revealed I could help him.
“Ben Stokes is my own sort of guy and I will be excited about working together.
“He does not understand how good he could be and it’s really my job as a coach to instil that in him.
“The data suggests he bites as quick as he and anyone is match-winner.”
Jones never played for Glamorgan but will eventually become the first Welsh coach or player active with the IPL he admits might be a life-changing experience.
“It is mad and that I can not wait to test myself at the most effective,” said Jones.
“I am not ready for the enormity of this whatsoever. I know it’s definitely going to be big and also you also play with and travel a lot so that you become more of a stress manager than a coach.
“I’ve spent hours designing strategic, physical and technical programmes for all the bowlers. This indicates we now have gone deep on pace, which suits me perfectly.”
Jones is in no doubt how his negative will fare at the franchise championship with eight teams competing.
“We shall win it. Absolutely, I am convinced in that,” said Jones.
“When we prepare properly and let the players express themselves with an ridiculous ability there like Archer, Jos Butler, Stokes and Ajinkya Rahane, who can all change the game.”