- Following his international retirement last year, Ashish Nehra was appointed as the bowling coach of RCB for IPL 2018
- Rather than coaching the players, Nehra wants to be an advisor to them and help their game improve
- Ashish Nehra revealed that Ben Cutting was the one player he would have wanted to see at RCB but missed out on in the auction
The start of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League is just a few hours away and the excitement surrounding the tournament has never been higher. One of the most glamorous teams in the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore will enter the new season hoping to win that elusive 1st IPL title. Apart from a host of new players in the squad, the RCB management has also appointed former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra as the bowling coach of the team. Prior RCB’s first match of the season against KKR on 8th April, Nehra spoke to a leading media outlet about his experience as a mentor/coach to the players. Ashish Nehra IPL 2018 contract will see him work with the RCB team 2018 for the first time in his career. During the course of the interview, Nehra also expressed his disappointment at missing out Mumbai Indians bowler Ben Cutting, who he regards very highly.
Start of a second innings for Ashish Nehra
After retiring from international cricket last November, Ashish Nehra was appointed as the bowling coach of RCB 2018 earlier this year. Speaking about his stint till now with Virat Kohli’s team, Nehra told The Quint,”So far so good. Hoping for an exciting season. I will also learn so many things. It is not only coaching, it’s mentoring man-management. Hoping for the best.
“I have played with all these players, I was playing till last year. I just try to give players whatever help I expected when I was playing. I don’t see success as a result – that only if you win a tournament or reach a final do you do well. You play good cricket, definitely, results will come.”
Ashish Nehra made his Indian debut back in 1999, however, his injury record soon restricted his playing time to the limited overs format. He played for 5 different IPL team, the last one being Sunrisers Hyderabad. Apart from the trio of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB also managed to pick up quality T20 players like Brendon McCullum and Washington Sundar for IPL 2018. Speaking about the mega-auction that was held in back in January, Nehra said,”The IPL auction is a new word, a new thing I have learned. Few things go your way in an auction and a few don’t. If you can manage to pick 50 to 60 percent of players you wanted, then that is good enough. We were thinking Washington Sundar might go for more money, we wanted Chahal and used RTM to retain him. Quinton de Kock we got cheaper than we expected. More or less we got who we wanted.”
I am a big fan of is Ben Cutting from Australia: Ashish Nehra
When Nehra was asked to name that one player which he wanted to see at RCB but couldn’t manage to get at the auction, the 38-year-old was quick to say, Ben Cutting. Australian pacer Ben Cutting IPL 2018 contract worth INR 2.2 crore with Mumbai Indians came after a big bidding war involving Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. The former Delhi seamer said, “One player, personally, who I really wanted and am a big fan of is Ben Cutting from Australia. I was very keen on him but unfortunately, Mumbai Indians took him. I hope he has a good season with them, not against RCB though!
Unfortunately for Royal Challengers Bangalore, they have never managed to put together a balanced side and have relied mostly on their star-studded batting line-up. When Nehra was questioned about RCB 2018 bowling unit and whether his presence can improve the bowling performance of the team, he said, “I don’t need to teach them anything. They know everything. I will be there just to help them. Washington and Chahal have been really good and we have exciting fast bowlers as well. Navdeep Saini, Kulwant, Umesh Yadav, Siraj, Aniket.
So, we have a good set of bowlers. Hopefully, I can add something with these bowlers. The work has to be done by them only, I’m just there to help.”
With Chris Gayle off to Kings XI Punjab, the main responsibility will rest on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers once the tournament fully kicks off for the franchise this Saturday 8th April.