RCB Team

Support Staff

  • Shankar Basu

    Shankar Basu

    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Widely lauded as the best trainer in the country, S Basu is the man who sets the Royal Challengers Bangalore apart with their athletic prowess and agility on the field.

    He is the man behind the muscle of Gaylestorms, the quick feet of Kohli, the strength of Zaheer and the sublime fielding of AB de Villiers.

    Not surprising, considering his past as a trainer at the National Cricket Academy and as a sprinter who represented India at the Asian Junior Championship in Tokyo in 1987. With a best time of 10.6 seconds for 100 metres and 21.5 for 200 metres, he is the man to go to when it's about working on strength, endurance, reflexes and agility.

    Basu is the director of the Primal Patterns Holistic Fitness Studio in Chennai.

  •  Evan Speechly

    Evan Speechly


    Evan Speechly is one of the biggest names in physiotherapy when it comes to cricket and is the current physiotherapist of the Indian national cricket team.

    He has worked for over 10 years with a number of sports teams, including the South African national football and rugby squads, the Transvaal cricket team and the South African women's hockey team. He is also an honorary lecturer at the Wits University Physiotherapy department.

    Speechly is the founding partner of 2 leading Sports Medicine and orthopaedic centres in Johannesburg, the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, and the Linksfield Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre.

    'Grandpa', as the RCB members kiddingly call him likes to spend time with his family and expand his knowledge of physiotherapy in his spare time.

  • Ramesh Mane

    Ramesh Mane

    Acupressure Masseur

    'Kaka', as he's fondly known in the Indian cricketing fraternity, was an erstwhile social worker who had studied healing techniques and got involved with the sport after an accidental opportunity to treat a cricketer with a severe muscle pull. He joined the Indian cricket team in the 2004/05 season and has been with them ever since.

    His primary objective at RCB is to ensure that all the players going into a match are suitably rested and relaxed, physically and mentally. His methods to bring about the change include: massages, meditation, acupuncture and pranic healing.

    A father figure to most, his delightful collection of old Hindi music is usually the default stereo playing when the team travels. Oh, and he does one more thing which nobody else can. Cook 'ghar ka khaana' for a player-in-need. Kudos.

  • Avinash Vaidya

    Avinash Vaidya

    Team and Cricket Operations Manager

    A wicketkeeper-batsman himself, Avinash Vaidya has a distinguished record turning out for various teams in a playing career spanning from 1983 to 1998.

    He has been a national level cricketer, a part of the Ranji winning Karnataka team of the 90s and South Zone teams for the Duleep and Deodhar Trophies. He holds the Indian domestic record for maximum dismissals in a match with 7 catches and 2 stumpings against Assam in Ranji Trophy Pre-quarter final match in the 1993-94 season.

    He played in the Board President's XI against visiting teams such as Sri Lanka, West Indies and New Zealand between 1993 and 1996. He also played for India A against a touring England A side in the same period.

    Also called 'George' at RCB, he has been the team manager since 2008. He prefers to unwind with his family, watching sports, movies, channels such as National Geographic, Discovery Science and listening to soft music.