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Welcoming the Bold Trio of Gary Kirsten, Ashish Nehra and Andrew McDonald!

Tue, 2nd, Jan 2018 |
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2011 World Cup winning duo of Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra have been roped in by our team officials to bolster the backroom ranks for the 2018 edition of VIVO IPL. Former Royal Challenger Andrew McDonald has also bagged a full-time role which sees Daniel Vettori keeping his position as our head coach.


While rumours about their appointments were floating around for a while, both Kirsten and Nehra signed on the dotted line sometime last week. Our management confirmed the developments on Monday, 1st January.


McDonald, along with Trent Woodhill have their roles re-aligned for the 2018 season with the management's vision of long term development of the squad and bringing in talent from across the country. Woodhill was the team's batting and fielding coach last season while McDonald helped out the bowlers, although not in a full time role.


Let's take a look at what each of these stalwarts bring to the table:


1. Gary Kirsten: Mentor and Batting Coach


Coach of the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team and having overseen them to the numero uno Test ranking in 2009, Gary Kirsten joins the side as a batting coach. Kirsten's role at RCB will be his second spell for an IPL franchise, having also been a part of Delhi Daredevils' coaching staff earlier. His vast coaching experience also stems from being coach of the South African team and leading them to the No.1 Test spot in 2012.


What does he bring to the table?


A winning mentality to a Team which has so often failed in the final hurdle and a proven ability to work with local players. We truly reckon that he'll be the bridge between going all the way and clinching the elusive trophy!


2. Ashish Nehra: Mentor and Bowling Coach


Well, what can we say about Nehraji! His battle with injuries is well documented and his positive attitude towards life despite suffering all those numerous setbacks will never stop inspiring. Having played for a multitude of franchises but never for RCB, the recently retired Ashish Nehra joins us as our bowling coach. It's a role vacated by Bharat Arun, who's performing his duties with the national side.


What does he bring to the table?


A never-say-die attitude and an enthralling personality, he has the ability to lift the spirits in a dressing room when the going gets tough. Despite being his first ever coaching stint, he can be credited for mentoring and raising Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's game in limited overs. A warm relationship shared with skipper Virat Kohli is just a bonus!


3. Andrew McDonald: Bowling Talent Development and Analytics


While McDonald isn't a fresh addition to the coaching staff, having assisted Bharat Arun in a limited capacity last season, he's getting a full-time contract for the upcoming VIVO IPL season. A former all-rounder who has played Test cricket for Australia, McDonald joins with years of first class experience.


What does he bring to the table?


A former Royal Challenger during his playing days and having been associated with the team last season, McDonald will be familiar with the city. Coaching experience in the Big Bash shouldn't make it hard for him to adapt to his new role which involves scouting for new bowling talent.

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