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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.
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.
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.