Ashish Nehra, one of the bowling veterans of the Indian team is all set for a striking retirement after
the 1 st T20 match to be played against New Zealand in the hometown New Delhi. He wishes to have an
eventful life after cricket similar to the eventful experiences during his playing career.
“If you can, then sprint. If not, then run. Can’t run? Then jog. Won’t jog? Then at least walk! Can’t
walk? Then crawl but just keep on moving,” were the first motivating lines from Ashish Nehra as he
sets himself for bidding adieu to his career in all these years.
With a total of 163 international matches played in all the three formats, he has spent a total of 20
years in the game. Even though his journey wasn’t very statistical yet he enjoyed it along with his 12
times under knife experiences.
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“Trust me; I have had an eventful 20 years. I am not a very emotional person. The next 20 years is
what I am looking forward to. Hopefully, it will be as eventful as it has been since I started playing for
Delhi in 1997,” Nehra said prior to the final competitive match against New Zealand, today.
“It’s been a great journey. May be one regret. If I could change anything in these 20 years, that
afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final. But nothing else as it’s all about
destiny,” he said displaying complete nonchalance.
Talking of his journey, he said, “During my first Ranji Trophy game at Kotla, Delhi team had late
Raman Lamba, Ajay Sharma, Atul Wassan and Robin Singh junior. Raman bhaiya and Ajay bhaiya, I
have grown up bowling to them at Sonnet nets. Difficult to forget Raman Lamba. Dada player thaa.”
“I remember bowling one-change in my debut Ranji game as Robin Junior and Wassan (his last first-
class match) were bowling with new ball. I got Ajay Jadeja for a duck in both innings. Another man is
Ajay Jadeja. I have huge respect for his cricketing acumen.”
Answering queries on his re-joining as the Indian bowling coach he said, “No such plans as of now.
Yes, I will do a bit of coaching and commentary but if you talking about Indian team, no such thoughts
till 2019 World Cup. After that, let’s see what happens.”
Concluding the session, he said, “Sports is nothing but moments. People remember that night. I would
like them to remember me as an honest Trier. Ek aisa shaqs jisne seekh ke khela nahin par khelke ke