Ashish Nehra is on his next leap of Cricketing career. The former player, who retired from all formats of the game was induced as the bowling coach of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore. As the team hastened its form by including new coaches, Gary Kristen is also appointed as the new batting coach. Ashish Nehra retired recently in the second last month of the pervious year after a long 18 years of international as well as domestic experiences as a fast bowler. Nehra, the 40 years old bowler is being regarded as an informal guide by several top bowlers of India, including the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
It is the first time Nehra will guide players as a formal coach of Royal Challengers. As a former player, he had an excellent record in T20I format picking 162 wickets in 132 matches he played. His economy was 7.7. Nehra has been one of the primary bowlers in several victorious campaigns of team India. Injury was his major concern as an international bowler, but he was fit until deciding to retire from all formats of the game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore also appointed Gary Kristen, former batsman of South Africa as the batting coach of the team. The former player has a rich record of coaching. In 2009, he was the person behind India’s top Test rank in Test. He was also the coach when India won 2011 World Cup. Also, Kristen has been marginally successful in the shortest format, his record as a ODI and Test coach is highly impressive.
In 2012, when Kristen joined South Africa, his native team, the coach hauled it as the top ODI squad in ICC chart. Kristen is also the coach of Hobart Hurricanes, the BBL team. Earlier, he was mentoring Delhi Daredevils, but with a very limited success. The Challengers retained Danial Vittori as the head coach. He is “excited to welcome Gary and Ashish to the coaching team of Royal Challengers.”