Ashish Nehra appointed RCB coach: Former Indian pacer has received a promotion at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
In another news coming in from the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise, former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra has been appointed as the coach for the upcoming season of the IPL which means that the franchise will have two coaches in Gary Kirsten and Nehra next year.
Following the news of Kirsten being appointed as coach, and AB de Villiers to play for RCB, this development has come in as the third in the last week as RCB is looking proactive ahead of IPL 2019. Being one of the three teams to have played all seasons of the IPL and not won a single title as yet, such an approach was the need of the hour for them.
Having retired from international cricket last year, Nehra had joined Royal Challengers ahead of this season in the capacity of a bowling coach. The 39-year old was seen as being highly active in the franchise’s campaign, right from the auction to the matches.
On being promoted up the ladder, Nehra was quoted, “I had the privilege to join the coaching team of RCB last season and feel very passionately about the team. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and look forward for the successful seasons ahead.”
During his playing days, Nehra had represented five IPL franchises in Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors India, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Nehra is 10th on the list of highest wicket-takers in the IPL. In an IPL career which lasted for 88 matches, Nehra had 106 wickets to his name at an average of 23.53, an economy rate of 7.84 and a strike rate of 18.
Such numbers talk highly about his skills as a T20 bowler. The management at RCB would be hoping for Nehra to bring in a change (in terms of results) with his capacity as a coach in the next season of the IPL.