Gary Kirsten & Ashish Nehra Join RCB Coaching Staff For IPL 2018 – Even though the IPL 11 Auctions are slated for 27th and 28th January – teams have started reforming their resources. Royal Challengers Bangalore have announced Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten as part of their support staff.
Retired from all formats in November 2017, Ashish Nehra will join RCB as their bowling coach. While South African legend & 2011 World cup winner coach, Gary Kirsten is appointed as batting coach. Moreover, these two legends will also serve as mentors for the team during IPL 11.
The official statement of RCB read as:
South African cricketer Gary Kirsten and former Indian fast-bowler Ashish Nehra have come on-board as Batting and Bowling Coach, respectively. Additionally, Kirsten and Nehra will also play the role of mentors for the team during the league
The Bangalore franchise has retained their head coach and Daniel Vettori will continue his tenure at RCB. While Royal Challengers Bangalore have realigned the roles of Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald. Keeping a long term plan in mind, Trent Woodhill has been appointed as batting talent development, analytics and fielding coach while Andrew McDonald is handed a new role of bowling talent development, analytics.
While commenting on the new entries of Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten, Daniel Vettori said,
I am excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both of them bring a wealth of experience in cricket, which the team can learn from immensely. We look forward to an amazing season
The IPL Auction 2018 is scheduled on 27th and 28th January and player retention event will take place in Mumbai on 4th January. (Know More: How to watch IPL 2018 Player Retention Live?)
RCB coaching team:
Daniel Vettori – Head coach
Gary Kirsten – Mentor and batting coach
Ashish Nehra – Mentor and bowling coach
Trent Woodhill- Batting talent development and analytics & fielding coach
Andrew McDonald: Bowling talent development and analytics, Head of scouting (off-season)