With Ashish Nehra’s retirement, it was curtains down on what seems like an era in itself. Ashish Nehra’s retirement announcement came right after the India’s victory against New Zealand at the first T20 match of the three-match series. In a career spanning 18 years, the medium pacer had seen many victories and loses, having played under as many as five different captains. Talking to the media about his retirement, Nehra shared anecdotes from his career, which earned him the respect he deserves.
Having made his debut in 1999 under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin, the team then had many great players but it did not have much of a standing in international cricket, the way teams under Ganguly, Dhoni and under Kohli has. Every team undergoes a change in every five to ten years, he says.
Nowadays, with the India A team playing more cricket, the young players coming in are already experienced in playing a good amount of international matches. Likewise, according to Nehra, with time, these youngsters mature into better players and exhibit great energy on field.
He cited the examples of Sri Lanka and West Indies teams, who were the best in the game in their heydays, but are simply not up-to-the-mark today. He also said that there was a time between 2001 and 2007/08 when Australia was regarded as an invincible team, but they are very much defeatable now!
Talking about IPL, the fiery medium pacer said that many newer talents have emerged as a result of the Indian Premier League. Apart from the 15 members of the Indian cricket team, the entire country knows about tens of more players who are young talents and perform terrifically under given circumstances.
When a question about him getting dropped from the playing XI against Australia in T20 a few months back, Nehra said it was completely his own decision. Speaking about it, he said that of late the Indian cricket team has received two great players in Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Bumrah. While earlier “Bhuvi” (as called by Nehra) would be in and out of T20 matches, of late, he has shown great performances which is why Nehra wanted the youngster to be in the team rather than himself.
He further said that seeing Bhuvi’s performances, he never had the heart to be in the team while the former would just sit and watch the match from the gallery. So, it was Bhuvi’s back-to-back credible performances that forced Nehra to step aside.
Well, that’s point enough. But can you find any other player who sacrificed being in the top XI just to give someone else enough opportunity? It’s a difficult one, we believe. What do you think? Let us know your opinions in the comments section.