Ashish Diwan Singh Nehra
(Former Indian Cricketer)
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In his debut ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2001, he was warned twice for running down the pitch due to which he was banned from bowling further. He became the first Indian bowler who was banned from bowling.
In the 2010 T20 World Cup, he was involved in a pub brawl along with 5 other Indian cricketers.
Nehra has been an injury prone asset of the Indian team as he has had numerous major and minor injuries which has kept him aside from playing international cricket. But his grit has always helped him a lot and that is why he is denoted as the “Comeback Man” of Indian cricket team.
In his early days, he used to sit behind Virender Sehwag’s scooter and the two used to travel to Feroz Shah Kotla to play cricket together.
He started using a smartphone in the year 2016, before that he used to have a normal black and white phone.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram is his idol.
Nehra is also called “Mr Glass” as he has had numerous bone injuries throughout his career.
In the 2005 series against Pakistan, MS Dhoni dropped a catch of Shahid Afridi of Nehra’s bowling, Nehra got furious and he abused the newcomer Dhoni loud and clear.
In the year 2003, Virat Kohli’s coach Raj Kumar invited Nehra to his academy, where he awarded the highest run-getter of 2002-2003 Polly Umrigar Trophy young Virat Kohli.
He played his final international game at his hometown at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi against New Zealand which also was India’s first ever T20 win over New Zealand.
On his farewell international game, the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) named the “Ambedkar Stadium Stand” to “Ashish Nehra End”.