It is a long way from Llangennech from Carmarthenshire to Jaipur in Rajasthan.
There is also a world of difference between cricket’s County Championship and the Indian Premier League.
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.
He is expecting to change that from the greatest cricket championship that starts this week at India with worldwide television audiences reaching 700 million.
“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.