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Former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra has joined Gary Kirsten as the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next season of the Indian Premier League after serving as the bowling coach in IPL 11.

In an 18-year-old International career, which started way back in 1999, Nehra went on to play 160 matches for India across formats and claimed 235 wickets. He has represented various IPL teams including Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Commenting on his inclusion in the RCB leadership set-up, Nehra reckoned, I had the privilege to join the coaching team of RCB last season and feel very passionately about the team. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and look forward for the successful seasons ahead.”

Earlier in the week, RCB had sacked Daniel Vettori from the position of the Head Coach after Kohli’s side endured another abysmal season, where they finished sixth and were unable to make it to the Playoffs for two years in a row.

Speaking on Nehra’s appointment, the Chairman of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sanjeev Churiwalla said, “We are very happy to have Ashish Nehra join RCB as part of the coaching leadership team. Ashish and Gary will partner the Captain to help the team deliver better performance.”