|Full Name||Ashish Diwansingh Nehra|
|Known For||"One of the best bowlers that the Indian team has ever seen"|
|Born||29 April 1979||Age||38|
|Height||183 cm / 6'||Weight||70 kg / 154 lb|
|Batting Style||Right Handed Bat||Bowling Style||Left-arm fast-medium|
|Ethnicity||Indian||Relationship Status||Married with Rushma Nehra|
Education and Family
|High School||Salvan Public school||College||Rajdhani college, New Delhi|
|Father||Diwan Singh Nehra (Manager in a Delhi government corporation)||Mother||Sumitra Nehra|
|Wife||Rushma Nehra||Son||Arush Nehra|
|Daughter||Ariana Nehra||Brother||Bhanu Nehra (Restaurateur)|
Ashish Nehra's Career
Ashish Nehra, is just not a name, is just not a bowler, he himself is the variation of pace, accuracy, strategic, variations in line and length, and has the ability to swing the ball both ways. Also, he slides into the bowling crease has a lovely side on action, with a fine wrist position which enables the ball to land on the seam and does wicked things. His stock delivery is the one that cuts back in viciously into the right-hander and he also has the ability to slant the ball across the batsman. And these all multi qualities came in notice to the world when he made his international test debut against Sri Lanka in 1999 where he started well by dismissing Marvan Atapattu early.
Same thing was seen in his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2001 when he dismissed Alistair Campbell with only his 2nd ball.
In the same tour of Zimbabwe, Ashish Nehra was warned twice for running on the pitch by Umpire Russell Tiffen in a Test Match, then it was Darrell Harper at the other end who finally put an end to Nehra's efforts. This was the first time in Indian cricket that a bowler had been banned from bowling.
Apart from some another controversy in 2010 during the T20I championship, when Ashish Nehra was in the five Indian cricketers who were involved in the Pub Brawl, his some inconsistency and successive back and ankle injuries have prevented him from cementing his place in the Indian team. Still, he didn't stop returning back to the Indian Cricket Team, again and again, that's why maybe, he is called, the COMEBACK MAN.
He returned back with the amazing performance in 2003 World Cup in South Africa, where he used the hard and seaming wickets to good use. and produced one of the finest exhibitions of seam and swing bowling ever by an Indian bowler when he ripped through the English middle-order en route to taking 6/23 - which still is his best ever ODI figures. In that same tournament, he also had the distinction of bowling a 149.7 km/h ball - which at that time was the fastest an Indian bowler had bowled.
After pulling out midway from the tour of Zimbabwe in 2005, he had operations on his ankle and back which ensured that he was out of cricket for a long while. Ashish Nehra slowly recovered from all those setbacks and was signed up by the Mumbai Indians to play in the inaugural IPL season. He did pretty well in the first season and moved to the Delhi Daredevils - his home state - to play in the 2nd edition. That proved to be a wise decision as he produced a brilliant display to end up being the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the IPL with 19 wickets from 13 games. That performance made the Indian selectors take notice, and he was recalled against the West Indies in an ODI series. From then, he has never looked back. With Zaheer Khan recovering from a shoulder injury, Nehra slowly assumed the role of a spearhead in ODI cricket and was a regular member of the Indian side from June 2009. He was quite consistent since then and cemented his place until the 2011 World Cup. Though he didn't play all the games, he featured in three matches, including the semifinal against Pakistan in which he injured his finger and unfortunately, has never made it to India's playing XI since then.
However, after fully recovering from his injury, he represented the Pune Warriors in the IPL before moving to Delhi Daredevils in 2013. After impressing the men who mattered, being thrown into the auctions pool, Ashish Nehra was bought by Chennai Super Kings for 2 crores at the 2014 auctions. where His bowling skills had been showcased to its full extent in IPL 8. He took 22 wickets in 16 games at an average of 20 with an economy of 7.2, proving his worth once again and was one of the highest wicket-takers in competition, only to lose to his teammate who won the purple cap; Dwayne Bravo. In the 2016 IPL. He had two good seasons for that franchise and the selectors recalled him for the T20Is against Australia in January 2016. He continued to be part of the Indian squad in the shortest format and spearheaded the bowling attack in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup at home.
Ashish Nehra or say, our NEHRAJI (on October 12, 2017) announced that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand which was played at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1, 2017, where India recorded their first win against New Zealand by 53 runs. however, Nehra went wicketless in his final game with the bowling figures, 4-0-29-0
Let's have a look at his Brilliant International career, records and milestone he set up :-
Achievements and Awards
- Man Of the Match Award against England on 26 Feb 2003, with the performance - 10–2–23–6
- Man Of the Match Award against New Zealand on 11 Sep 2009, having the bowling figure 8.3-0-24-3