A bowler is not worthy if he or she does not have some variation in his/her pace, accuracy, strategy, variations, swings, length and line. Ashish Nehra is just the name, Indian Cricket Team always wishes to have in their teamsheet.
Ashish Nehra can swing the ball in both ways, can bowl bounce, with a proper swing, yorker with a proper speed, and short bowl whose direction can’t even be expected by the Batsman.
His stock delivery troubled so many right-handed batsmen, and across the ball with a little bit swing surely enough to numb the player with the Best Cricket Bat.
All of the multiple qualities and infinite talents this guy have, was noticed by the selectors in many domestic games where he proved himself and his ability to present his country at the International level.
Ashish Nehra’s debut match, was a test match against Sri Lanka in 1999, where he started well and dismissed Srilankan Captain Marvan Atapattu in his early overs.
The opposition saw same things of taking early wickets cheaply when Ashish Nehra dismissed Alistair Campbell (Zimbabwe, 2001) in his 2nd ball.
In the bright start of his career, umpire Darrell Harper put a stop, when on the same tour again Zimbabwe, he didn’t stop running on the pitch even after being warned by the umpires.
This was the first time in Indian Cricket when a bowler was banned in the mid of a match because Ashish Nehra couldn’t bowl in the entire match as the results of his mistakes.
More controversies were playing an important role in Nehra’s career when his name was declared among five others Indian cricketer involved in the Pub Brawl, that his regular injuries on and off the field, put the blanket of his efforts of putting his permanent place in Indian Cricket Team. But he never ever stopped to try, which was the result that BCCI, Indian Cricket Selectors always needed to put him in the team’s playing fifteen for various tours.
This is why his never giving up attitude made him call, the COMEBACK MAN of Indian Cricket.
Between his returns and injuries, he never missed a chance to leave a mark of his amazing performance in various major international tournaments.
One of them was 2003 World Cup, South Africa, where Ashish Nehra used that hard and seaming pitch, to bowl his career’s best overs with extraordinary line and length with required swing, which helped him to crash English Team’s middle order and add a record in his sick career.
He took six wickets in just 23 matches, which was the best ODI performance of his entire career.
In that world cup also, Ashish Nehra bowler with the speed of 149.7 km/h which was the record of highest speed bowl, by any Indian Player that time.
But his body which had less emanative power, didn’t go along with his thoughts and dreams of achieving something very big in his life. He was dropped out from the tour of Zimbabwe in 2005 for some damn ankle operations because of them, he went out for a long time from cricket.
But never give attitude always brings you out of everything damn trouble, and this time also, Ashish Nehra recovered from those injuries and signed up by Mumbai Indians to play inaugural Indian Premier League.
The first session of IPL, went as per Nehra’s expectations, while in session two, he moved to Delhi Daredevils, his own home state franchise in the league.
It was a wise decision to move in other team and perform with the best energy in front of your own home crowd, as Ashish Nehra brilliantly displayed his talent, he not only bowled with the best economy rates but also became third highest wicket-taker of the session two of Indian Premier League. (19 wickets in just 13 matches)
Above amazing performance in the IPL, again forced Indian selectors to include him in Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming tour of West Indies for an ODI series. This was the moment, Ashish Nehra was truly waiting for because, after it, he never stepped back and out of the Indian Cricket Team.
Also India’s fast bowler Zaheer Khan was recovering from a shoulder injury, so Nehra got more matches to prove himself, and he just did that. he cemented his position in India Cricket team and became their regular member.
Later, because of being their permanent bowler, Ashish Nehra was announced the permanent member of Indian squad for 2011 World Cup, but he got only three matches to play, out of which one was the semifinal against Pakistan, when he injured his fingers, stayed out from rest of the tournament.
After one more injury of his career, he never made back to the Indian cricket team’s playing eleven.
However, he got his place in Pune Warriors in Indian Premier League, after being better and getting over from the injury which resulted out as the average session for Ashish Nehra.
In the next session, when he went back to Delhi Daredevils, they threw him in the auction pool for the next session. Anybody knew it or not, but Chennai Superkings’s captain, MS Dhoni knew how valuable this player was.
Then what? Ashish Nehra was bought by Chennai Super Kings for two crores in the 2014 session of IPL, where it was a treat to watch for his fans, Ashish Nehra was bowling more than awesome like early years of his career. He proved everyone who threw him out of the team, that he is the key player, whether you believe or not.
He took 22 wickets in just 16 games with the economy of 7.2 and became one of the second highest wicket-taker of the session, after his own teammate Dwayne Bravo.
The performance in IPL, which had been showed by Nehraji, again put him back in the Indian Cricket Team for the T20I series against Australia in January 2016.
After it, he again booked and made his own place in the national team for shorter formats, and led Indian bowling with his super experience till 2016 T20 International World Cup.
Finally on October 12, 2017, Ashish Nehra announced his retirement from all formats including IPL after the first T20 international again Nez Zealand on a home match, which was played in his hometown, Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi on November 1, 2017.
India won that match by 53 runs, which was their first ever victory over New Zealand in T20 Internationals. However, none of the wickets went in the account of Ashish Nehra in his last match. He bowled four overs and gave only 29 runs with zero wickets taken.
Let’s have a look at his Brilliant International career, records and milestone he set up :-
While in IPL Auction 2018, Ashish Nehra was Royal Challengers Bangalore’s selector adviser. This season is going to begin in April’s first week.
Achievements and Awards
Best bowling performance by an Indian in World Cup.
Only Indian Bowler who took six wickets two times in One Day Internationals.