Nehra, 39, is no stranger to the set-up, having been appointed bowling coach last season and will share duties alongside Gary Kirsten.
“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 to successful seasons ahead,” Nehra said in a statement after the announcement on Wednesday.
The ex-pacer brings plenty of experience to the role after playing in all three formats in a career spanning 18 years.
Royal Challengers Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala was delighted to have Nehra on board. “We are very happy to have Nehra join RCB as part of the coaching leadership team. Ashish and Gary will partner the captain to help the team deliver better performance,” he said.
The 34-year-old will no longer don the South Africa colours after calling it quits in May after the Test series against Australia.
Two months on from that announcement, de Villiers revealed he has no plans to turn his back on T20 cricket and wishes to play on for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters. But there are no set plans. I haven’t been able to say that for a long time,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by iol.co.za.
“Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really. I played my 100th Test there, and obviously RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I just play cricket.”
With the World Cup less than a year away, de Villiers had a chance to end his career with glory having experienced disappointment in three editions. But with a CV that sees him as the fourth-highest scorer for South Africa, 22 Test centuries and holding the record in ODI cricket for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls), he said his career shouldn’t be measured on World Cup glory alone.
“For a long time, the World Cup was a massive goal. But, in the last few years, I have realised that it isn’t realistic to measure yourself purely on what you achieve in that tournament. That will not be the be-all and end-all of my career,” de Villiers said.
“Yes, I would have loved to win it, but I have great memories from World Cups. The 2007 tournament — my first — was very special. We fell short against Australia, when we tried to play too much cricket too soon, but that shift in mentality probably helped us to go over there and win the Test series we then won over there.
“Personally, I scored my first ODI century in that 2007 tournament, and I loved the whole experience of being in the Caribbean.
“The same goes for the others, in 2011 and in 2015. India has always been close to my heart, because of the passion for cricket, and then obviously 2015 was an amazing game. We fell on the wrong side of it, but we gave it everything,” he explained.
The 36-year old was key to CSK’s title-winning campaign this year, scoring 455 runs in 16 games.
“I was sure in my mind that I wanted to bat up the order, because with age, me batting down the order was like quicksand,” Dhoni said at an event in Mumbai.
“I wanted to make sure that I wanted to take the responsibility of winning the game, but I was coming so [far] down the order that I was not giving time to myself.
“So, it was more like quicksand: the more I flutter, the deeper I would go. So, I said that I want to make a team where we bat deep, that gives me a chance to bat up the order, and to me up the order doesn’t mean I want to bat at three, four or five; it’s the number of overs [left in the innings].”
Dhoni also emphasised on why he wanted to bat higher and how CSK batting deep helped him to be aggressive in the middle.
“I said that I want to bat up, so when I go into bat, I would like to bat aggressive, so that even if I get out, it gives others a chance to reinvent themselves about finishing the game, what they need to do, if they are under pressure and all of that,” he said.
“Fortunately, we did not use our batting order to the full extent in the whole of IPL because [Shane] Watson, [Ambati] Rayudu, [Suresh] Raina, me, [Dwayne] Bravo – we all kept scoring runs and that really helped us.”
“But my planning, right from the start, was to make a team which bats deep, where everybody should be able to bat, and that gives me an opportunity to go out there and express myself, ” he added.