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His uncanny ability to vary in flight, speed and length rather than turn, has made Daniel Vettori New Zealand's best left-arm spinner for over a decade across all formats of the game.
At 18, Vettori was New Zealand's youngest Test cricketer. Over the years, he became one of those rare players to complete a double of 300 Test wickets and 3000 runs. Some of his best bowling performances have come against Australia, most notably his career-best Test match figures of 12/149 at Eden Park in 2000 – where he rocked the Aussie batsmen with his drifting spells.
He has been an inspirational figure in the IPL, where he plied his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011. Vettori's experience at the international level both as a player as well as captain will enhance the RCB dressing room for IPL 7. His familiarity with the franchise's dynamics will be an added advantage for the team.
Legend is the word Allan Donald is attached with. The “White Lightening” joins RCB as the bowling coach.
One of the finest Test Bowlers of his generation, Allan Donald is known for his impeccable record. He has been revered by many young athletes across the world. Before Shaun Pollock took over, Allan Donald was the highest wicket-taker for South Africa. He topped the ICC Test rankings in 1998 and went up a notch higher with 895 points a year later.
Donald has been coaching since and has trained many Franchises and teams. His experience brings in great value to RCB.
This brawny, right-arm medium-pacer and explosive middle-order batsman was an imperative part of the Tamil Nadu team that won the Ranji Trophy in 1987-88. He’s been a crucial part of many other domestic teams but most importantly, he’s represented India in both Tests and ODIs.
Bharat has a lot of coaching experience – he was in charge of the Indian team that won the U-19 World Cup in 2012. He also presided over the U-19 Indian team that lost in the quarter finals of the same tournament in 2014. But his shiniest coaching accolade has been his selection as the Bowling Coach of the Indian Team.
His experience with Team India will play a huge hand in improving RCB’s IPL performances and will add great value to the team.
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.
Batting and fielding Coach
Trent Woodhill is Team RCB’s batting and fielding coach. He has an incredible coaching background and has been associated with the National cricket teams of Pakistan and New Zealand.
He has trained the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League and is also credited with molding David Warner’s career as well as emerging Australian T20 talent Nick Maddinson. Here’s welcoming Trent to the RCB family.
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 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.
'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.
Arun Kanade is a qualified massage therapist, responsible for keeping the Royal Challengers well tuned and relaxed for the big games. He specialises in sports massages that are meant to keep the body in better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility.
Kanade has been a part of the RCB support staff since 2014 and in 2015, extended his responsibilities to the Indian national team. His craze for cricket and expertise in helping cricketers recuperate from or get ready for a big game have made him popular in the team and an invaluable support staff member.
S Rajeswar is responsible for end to end on ground logistics support and management of the RCB squad. He has been with the team for the past 6 years.