Former India coach Gary Kirsten and former pacer Ashish Nehra have been appointed as the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s batting and bowling coach respectively for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Nehra has retired from all forms of cricket in recent November. This will be Nehra’s first stint as a coach in any format.
Kirsten, however, has proven credentials, taking India to the top of the Test rankings in 2009 and winning the World Cup with them in 2011. He then returned home to South Africa and made them No. 1 in the longest format in 2012.
The franchise has realigned the roles of Trent Woodhill and Andrew MacDonald. Woodhill has been assigned the new role of batting talent development, analytics and fielding coach.
McDonald, who was the bowling coach earlier, will now be in charge of bowling talent development and analytics.
RCB head coach Denial 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.”
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.