Royal Challengers Bangalore rope in Gary Kirsten, Ashish Nehra as part of coaching staff for upcoming IPL season

Kirsten and Nehra will also play the role of mentors for the team during the league.

PTI, January 02, 2018

Bengaluru: Former India coach Gary Kirsten and recently-retired pacer Ashish Nehra have been named the Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting and bowling coach respectively for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League.

File image of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ashish Nehra appealing for the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image courtesy: Sportzpics

File image of Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Ashish Nehra appealing for the wicket of Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Image courtesy: Sportzpics

Additionally, Kirsten and Nehra will also play the role of mentors for the team during the league.

Kirsten signed the contract last week and it will be his second stint with an IPL team after he had coached the Delhi Daredevils in 2015.

RCB has retained former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori, who has been at the helm since 2014, as the head coach.

With the IPL auctions slated for 27-28 January, RCB has realigned the roles of Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald.

Woodhill has been assigned the new role of batting talent development, analytics and fielding coach. Additionally, during off season the Australian will also serve as the franchise's head of scouting.

McDonald, who was the bowling coach earlier, will now be in charge of bowling talent development and analytics.

Commenting on the new appointments, 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."

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Punjab
5 4 1 0 8
2
Chennai
4 3 1 0 6
3
Kolkata
6 3 3 0 6
4
Hyderabad
4 3 1 0 6
5
Bangalore
5 2 3 0 4
6
Rajasthan
5 2 3 0 4
7
Mumbai
4 1 3 0 2
8
Delhi
5 1 4 0 2



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 5154 117
3 New Zealand 3886 102
4 Australia 4599 102
5 England 5029 97
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 7496 117
4 New Zealand 7081 114
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3763 130
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 4341 124
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 England 2402 114
6 South Africa 2551 111