Best known for his courageous 49 in India's successful chase of 406 against the West Indies in Port-of-Spain in 1976, Brijesh Patel was an exciting batsman and outstanding fielder for India in the seventies.
As Director of RCB, he has used his deep cricketing knowledge to put in place a young talent development program for RCB with some of the brightest prospects, from India. Brijesh Patel was also involved in the decision to hire Ray Jennings as coach; which, along with the appointment of Anil Kumble as captain and his continued role as mentor has seen RCB attain consistent success over the past few seasons.
Ray Jennings is one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen the world never got to see, his career unfortunately coincided with the isolation of South Africa from global sporting activities.
When South Africa ultimately reentered the fold of Test playing nations, Jennings, at the age of 38 was overlooked but his cricketing career didn't end there. He coached Gauteng, moving on to Eastern Province before taking charge of South Africa A.
He coached South Africa in a brief, mostly successful stint in the mid 2000s before assuming duties of the Under-19 team for the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia, a tournament won by the Virat Kohli led India.
As coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has moulded the team into one of the most consistent teams in the Indian Premier League. RCB has reached two finals and one semi final in both the IPL and Champions League T20 and even has the honour of being the only team to appear in all editions of the CLT20.
Best remembered for his dismissal of Aamer Sohail in the 1996 World Cup quarter final at Bangalore , 'Venky' was one half of India's best bowling pair with Javagal Srinath in the 1990s and early 2000s.
He possessed one of the best slower balls in the business and was a seam bowler with superb control and ability to move it both ways. He took up coaching with his work with the Indian U-19 team, moving on to Karnataka and then Team India in 2007.
Team India enjoyed one of their best periods under his tutelage, winning a historic Test series in England, the T20 World Cup and a series in New Zealand. He also worked with the Chennai Super Kings IPL team that won the IPL and CLT20 double in 2010 before bringing over his expertise to his home team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.
At RCB he has been instrumental in the development of pacers Sreenath Aravind, Abhimanyu Mithun and Rajoo Bhatkal.
Batting and Fielding Coach
New Zealander Mark O'Donnell is the man in charge of raising the youngsters at RCB to the level of AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
O'Donnell has prior experience coaching various teams in South Africa where he worked for nearly 17 years from 1985. He followed it up with a very successful stint at Auckland where he shaped many young talents before taking a step up to working with the New Zealand national team. He worked there under Mark Greatbatch, overseeing the rise of young talents like Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill and was a part of the support staff when India toured NZ in 2009.
At New Zealand he earned the respect of then skipper Daniel Vettori, a development that led to his appointment at RCB where he is focused on helping batsmen cope with the variations in T20.
Russell Adams is the Vice President of Commercial Operations and Cricket Academy at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
RCB is not his first stint at the IPL, he cut his teeth as Venue Manager at Chennai before moving on to KKR where he also was a consultant for their CSR/Cricket Academy.
Born in Cape Town, Russell has had stints with various South African sports teams. He was a Cricket Manager at the Western Province Cricket Association. He followed it up with a stint as the Team and Operations Manager of the Nashua Cape Cobras cricket franchise and was appointed the Project Manager at Newlands Cricket Ground for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 South Africa 2007 tournament.
Way before this, he was a logistics manager at the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. His presence at RCB will only help make the fan experiences at the M Chinnaswamy and off it even better than it is now.