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IPL 2018: This is what Ashish Nehra has to say about his relationship with Indian skipper Virat Kohli

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 March 2018, 13:20 IST

The 11 season of the most awaited Indian Premier League is all set to hit the stadium across the nation. While it has already created a buzz within the fans and here cricketers are giving a blow to the buzz.

Recently, former Indian cricketer and newly-elected Royal Challengers Banglore bowling coach Ashish Nehra said something that will win your heart. Nehra opened up on his relationship with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

The Indian pace bowler, Nehra who was also a member of the Indian team in 2011 who won the World Cup, is all set to coach the Bangalore team, led by Virat Kholi in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League.

"Virat has groomed in front of me. I have played a lot of cricket with him. I know Kohli inside out. We share a good report as well," Nehra told in an interview.

"This kind of relationship is very important between coach and a captain. Ultimately, it is the captain who runs the show. We are there to support him. I have seen Kohli grow as a person and a cricketer as well," Nehra said.

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Expressing his excitement at the new role in the RCB, the cricketer said the new-look RCB side looks a superior bowling unit than the past seasons while batting remains the strong point of the Kohli-led side.
"It is totally a different ball game," Nehra said.

"When you are playing, you look after your body, match and your own cricket. But, when you are a mentor or coach, then you have to look after the whole team. It will be a different experience for me. I am looking forward to an exciting season," the former India pacer said.

"I have played a lot of IPL matches. I have played with these boys. I know how T20 works. So, I will try to share my experience with these boys. More than coaching, the right word for me is man management," Nehra said.

Nehra has made his Test debut in 1999 against Sri Lanka in Colombo and has played 17 Tests for India, fetched 44 wickets at an average of 42.40. Nehra made his ODI debut in 2001 and played in 120 ODIs, claiming 157 wickets at an average of 31.72. In 27 T20Is, the bowler bagged 34 wickets.

Nehra in his long career claimed one of his best figures (6/23) and helped India register a comprehensive win the 2003 World Cup against England.

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First published: 27 March 2018, 13:20 IST