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Andrew McDonald is quite a familiar face with RCB. He was a member of our team for IPL 2012 in which Daniel Vettori was captain and also played for us in 2013. A handy middle order batsman also capable of opening the batting, his medium pace outswingers had earned him major plaudits and a place in the Australian side in 2009. He boasts immense experience playing in Australia's first class circuit and has been a consistent performer for the Victoria Bushrangers, particularly in 2007-08 before he got a national call up.
In the VIVO IPL 2017, he assisted Bharat Arun as a bowling coach so isn't entirely new to the coaching sphere. He has also played in India, first with Victoria Bushrangers in the now defunct Champions League T20 and also with Delhi Daredevils before joining the Bold. So he's familiar with India and particularly with Bangalore which should make it easier and quicker for him to adapt. His re-aligned role is as a bowling talent development coach and analytics for VIVO IPL 2018.
The recently retired Ashish Nehra has been around playing cricket since a long, long time! To give you a better sense, he has played under 6 captains- Mohammed Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni and finally, Virat Kohli for Team India. The way he bounced back from numerous injuries time and again is inspirational and his positive attitude towards life despite so many setbacks will always inspire. With over 200 International wickets, Ashish Nehra was an accomplished seamer and despite injuries, played T20 cricket until he was 38!
Having played for multiple franchises but never for RCB, he joins us as a bowling coach/ mentor. A never-say-die attitude and a quirky, enthralling personna, he has the ability to lift sagging spirits in a dressing room when the going gets tough. He knows captain Virat Kohli well and his inputs in the VIVO IPL Auction 2018 were on display as we bagged some promising bowlers.
He has scored more than 14000 International runs for South Africa and has been a consistent opener for them for a considerable time, but Gary Kirsten is better known in India as the man who coached the national team to World Cup success at home in 2011! He was the first man in the world to run 100 runs in an ODI enroute to his highest score of 188, a feat that skipper Virat Kohli just matched. And before the World Cup triumph, his mentorship was instrumental in taking India to Number 1 in Test cricket in 2009 while he also repeated the feat when he later coached South Africa in 2012.
Kirsten joins RCB as a batting coach/mentor. He has also been a member of the Daredevils' coaching staff earlier and recently guided the Hobart Hurricanes to the finals of BBL 07. Gary brings with him a winning mentality and a proven ability to work with local players. Things are looking brighter for an already mighty strong batting line-up and we're sure he'll help bridge the gap between going all the way and clinching the elusive trophy.
His uncanny ability to vary flight, speed and length rather than just rely on 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 ran through the Aussie batsmen with the drift he managed to get out of the surface.
He has been an inspirational figure in the IPL, where he has plied his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2011. Vettori's experience at the international level both as a player as well as captain and donning the same roles for RCB as a player first and then as a Head coach has enhanced the values of the dressing room. He officially stopped playing in the IPL in 2013, passed on captaincy duties to Virat Kohli and has been RCB's Head Coach ever since! His familiarity with the franchise's dynamics will be an added advantage for the team going into VIVO IPL 2018.
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.
Trent Woodhill was RCB's batting and fielding coach until VIVO IPL 2017. He has an incredible coaching background, boasting credentials of being a batting coach for Pakistan and also an assitant coach of the New Zealand national cricket teams.
He has trained the Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League and is also credited with influencing the game of Australia captain Steve Smith, molding David Warner's career as well as emerging Australian T20 talent Nic Maddinson. He has been associated with DD before joing RCB. He was an integral member of the team that bid for players at the VIVO IPL Mega Auction of 2018. Ahead of VIVO IPL 2018, Trent will don a new role as Batting Talent Development while continuing his role as a fielding coach.
Evan Speechly is one of the biggest names when it comes to physiotherapy in sport.
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.