IPL 2022: Ashish Nehra becomes first Indian to achieve massive feat after Gujarat Titans win

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Gujarat Titans achieved a historic feat on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad by lifting the IPL 2022 trophy. While skipper Hardik Pandya was the hero who led his side on the pitch, off the pitch it was the head coach Ashish Nehra, who played a crucial role in GT’s triumph.

Thanks to his team’s victory in IPL 2022, Nehra, the former left-arm pacer broke a 14-year pattern by becoming the first Indian head coach to lead his team to an IPL victory.

Before him, all the teams that have prevailed in the IPL so far have had foreign coaches, but Nehra etched his name in history, doing what no one had managed to do before him.

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Moreover, Ashish Nehra achieved another historic feat by becoming the third cricketer to win the IPL trophy both as a player and as a head coach, after Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting.

For the uninitiated, Nehra plied his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and won the IPL title as a player with SRH in 2016, under manager David Warner.

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Previously, Shane Warne who was both player and manager of Rajasthan Royals (RR) in 2008 became the first cricketer to do so followed by Ricky Ponting who won the IPL trophy as a player with the Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2013, before leading them to their second IPL title in 2015, as head coach.

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Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans have become only the second team after Rajasthan Royals to win the IPL title in their maiden IPL campaign, having only joined the cash-rich league earlier this year at the alongside fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

GT skipper Hardik Pandya delivered a man of the match performance picking up three wickets, while contributing with the bat to lead his team forward.

On Monday, the Gujarat Titans held a tour in Ahmedabad to celebrate their maiden IPL title.

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