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Ashish Nehra

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Left-arm medium fast
Played for:
India, Asia XI, Air Force XI, India A, India B, Indian Board President's XI, India Green, Indian Inv XI, India Seniors, North Zone, Rest of India, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune
Roles played:
Bowler
Home country:
India
Born:
April 29, 1979, Delhi

Profile

Few bowlers can be as ordinary and unplayable in equal measure as Ashish Nehra. A left-arm seamer with a side-on action, the Delhi-born player is gifted with pace and swing. His earliest taste of international cricket came in 1999 against Sri Lanka in a one-off Test appearance that resulted in a draw. He returned to the fold after a couple of years, during India's tour of Zimbabwe, playing all of the two Tests and five ODIs. In Tests though, Nehra failed to achieve notable breakthroughs as a front-line seamer.

He continued to be a part of the setup until 2005, featuring in India's 2003 World Cup final run and the side’s respectable showing in Australia at the Border-Gavaskar Trophy the same year. Yet, under the hood, it became clear that Nehra's inclusion was only a stop-gap arrangement until Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan became accomplished and by year end, that left-arm pairing became consistent enough to replace Nehra.

For four years, there was no talk of Nehra before he earned a surprise call-up in 2009 to tour the West Indies. Still it seemed his inconsistencies hadn't been ironed out, but as a strike bowler his knack of taking wickets saw an upswing. Regular 3-fors and 4-fors, along with injuries to the young breed kept Nehra's slot until 2010.

Nehra was named in the 15-member Indian squad for the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, but missed out on most of the matches. He received a lot of flak for a poor final over in the match against South Africa in the league stage which India lost, and was dropped. However, given his experience, he was recalled into the playing eleven for the crucial semi-final against Pakistan where he put up a decent performance. In 2012, he was signed by Pune for the fifth edition of the lucrative Indian T20 league. The following year, Delhi bought him for the sixth edition before Chennai bagged him in the next season.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 17 25 77 11 5.50 30.07 0 0 19
ODI 120 46 141 21 5.64 57.31 0 0 24
T20 8 3 22 0 7.33 137.50 0 0 22
IPL 55 14 39 8 6.50 72.22 0 0 22*
CLT20 3 0 0 - 0.00 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 17 29 3447 1866 44 4/72 / 42.40 3.24 2 0 0 77
ODI 120 120 5751 4981 157 6/23 / 31.72 5.19 5 2 0 220
T20 8 8 186 274 13 3/19 / 21.07 8.83 0 0 0 6
IPL 55 55 1181 1532 60 3/13 / 25.53 7.78 0 0 0 40
CLT20 3 3 61 66 0 0/20 / - 6.49 0 0 0 8
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 5 0 0
ODI 18 0 7
T20 3 0 1
IPL 14 0 2

Career

Span:
Test:
1999-2004
 
ODI:
2001-2011
 
T20:
2009-2011
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2009-2009
Test
Debut:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo - Feb 24, 1999
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi - Apr 13, 2004
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 24, 2001
Last played:
India Vs Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Mar 30, 2011
T20
Debut:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur - Dec 09, 2009
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban - Jan 09, 2011
IPL
Debut:
Mumbai Vs Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (Bombay) - Apr 20, 2008
Last played:
Chennai Vs Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Delhi Vs Victoria at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - Oct 09, 2009
Last played:
Delhi Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Oct 17, 2009
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