Ashish Diwansingh Nehra (born 29 April 1979) is an Indian cricketer (left-arm medium fast bowler) who has represented India at the international level since 1999. He embodies various virtues of a left- handed bowler- pace, accuracy, strategic variations in line and length, and the ability to swing the ball both ways. He has been particularly effective with the new ball and at the death overs. Due to fitness issues, he has been absent from the national scene for extending stretches, but has been a part of the Indian team in two largely successful World Cup campaigns, two Asia Cups, and three Champions Trophies. He has also been particularly effective in the IPL, in which he has represented five different teams. Ashish Nehra was also famously called “one of the best bowlers that the Indian team has ever seen”, by Ravi Shastri. M.S. Dhoni also suggested Nehra’s name as the future bowling coach for India considering his massive experience, his ability to easily swing the ball both ways and his bowling under pressure.
The tour to Zimbabwe in 2001, was where he came of age as he swung the ball like a bazooka bamboozling the hapless Zimbabweans and thereby ensuring India won their first ever Test outside the subcontinent in 15 years. Nehra who slides in to the bowling crease has a lovely side on action, with a fine wrist position which enables the ball to land on the seam and do 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.
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, Nehra was bought by Chennai Super Kings for 2 crore at the 2014 auctions.
Nehra’s two biggest weaknesses are his batting and fielding, the latter being the more troublesome one. In fact Nehra can safely be called as one of the worst fielders in international cricket going around and he has copped a fair bit of flak for his abysmal and lackadaisical efforts in the field.
Nehra’s fitness also is very dodgy and one is not sure when the next breakdown will happen.
Blog by- Shivangi Jaiswal