Ashish Nehra while declaring his retirement from international cricket last month, promised that he would not play in the IPL (Indian Premier League) as well. But the involvement of former Indian pacer in the IPL tournament will not end soon. Ashish Nehra has signed up as a mentor with Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore team.
This has not been announced officially but Nehra himself has not shared his new assignment with anyone other than close friends and teammates. The news was discussed last week during Zaheer Khan’s wedding reception in Mumbai when Nehra confirmed the new assignment with some of his friends.
Nehra did not respond to any questions himself, but his appointment was confirmed by some of his former teammates and IPL franchises to the Mumbai Mirror. It is obvious that the appointment is recommended by Virat Kohli as the Indian Captain is known to be close to the former pacer. The Indian Captain is believed to have been instrumental in the 38 year old veteran getting a farewell match at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, Delhi on December 1.
Ashish Nehra will not be confined to Mentoring
Ashish Nehra will not be just confined to mentor the players, he will have far more roles to play. With Bharat Arun joining the Indian cricket team and Allan Donald leaving the franchise, the team has no bowling coach at present. So, Ashish Nehra is expected to work as a bowling coach, a role that suits him perfectly. Many young fast bowlers in Indian side have learnt a lot of bowling tips while playing with Nehra.
Ashish Nehra offered commentary after retirement
Ashish Nehra has been offering commentary services after the retirement, something that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not allow for players associated with the Indian Premier League, as it is a conflict of interest. Ashish Nehra may not invite the conflict as he had signed his contract of commentary with the Star Sports and not with BCCI.
Ashish Nehra had played in the Indian Cricket team in two successful world cups, two Asia cups and three ICC champions trophy. Moreover, he had represented five different teams in the Indian Premier League.