Ashish Nehra breaks 14-year-long pattern with historic first as GT beat RR to win IPL 2022
When Shubman Gill pulled Obed McCoy for a huge six over long leg to lead GT to a 7-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad
Ashish Nehra etched his name on the history books. The former left-arm pacer became the first Indian head coach to win the IPL.
Hardik Pandya was their hero on the field, off the field it was the support staff led by former India pacer Ashish Nehra that played a crucial role in GT winning the IPL title in their first attempt.
In all the previous 14 editions of the Indian Premier League, the title-winning side had a foreign head coach but Nehra broke the pattern with GT this year.
Nehra also became only the third cricketer to have won the IPL both as a head coach and as a player after Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne.
The former India left-arm seamer played for Sunrisers Hyderabad when they won IPL in 2016 under David Warner's captaincy.
Ponting was a part of the Mumbai Indians squad when they won their maiden IPL title in 2013. In 2015, he was MI's head coach when they won their second title.