Ashish Nehra is a Gem: Here is why?
“Life comes full circle,” they say. It was once again proved right during Ashish Nehra’s farewell at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Wednesday, November 1.
The 38-year-old Nehra played his last competitive international match of first T20I of the ongoing three-match series between India and New Zealand. Notably, India won the match by 53 runs. Despite solid performances from Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, Nehra, fondly referred as “Nehraji”, was the star of the evening at his home ground.
Nehra has completed his 18 years of international cricket, received a memento from Virat Kohli for his contributions to the Indian cricket team, ahead of the T20I encounter on Wednesday.
It was a startling sight as the left-arm pacer, way back in 2003, was snapped presenting a trophy to the then Delhi schoolboy Kohli, who went on to become Nehra’s last international captain. The skipper has certainly returned the favour now.
“I like his six-wicket haul in the Durban World Cup match against England in 2003. It was a great spell,” Kapil Dev said.
The left-arm fast bowler, who never compromised on his pace, bid goodbye to Test cricket (after just 17 matches) way back in 2004. He represented the country in 120 ODIs and 27 T20Is, picking up a total of 235 international wickets.
Nehra flourished as a T20 expert during his Indian Premier League stints with Chennai Super Kings and Sunrises Hyderabad. Notably, the 22 wickets he picked up during his 2015 IPL campaign earned him an international comeback, which he made full use of in the twilight of his career.
Nehra later went on to win the trophy in 2011 and led India’s pace department when they reached the semi-final of the World T20 in 2016.
“I’m not on social media but that picture has become popular now because where Virat Kohli is today. Otherwise, it was just a picture on the wall and nobody would have admired it. Now that picture belongs to Virat Kohli,” Nehra said.
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