Ashish Nehra Reveals MS Dhoni’s Inspiration During 2011 World Cup

Ashish Nehra (Credits: Getty)

Former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra has revealed MS Dhoni’s words which motivated him to play the complete 2011 world cup. Nehra was struggling with an injury during the mega event.

And he decided to opt out of the world cup. But then skipper MS Dhoni has appealed and suggested Nehra to not take any decision in haste. It is a well known thing that Nehra was facing back problems ahead of world cup.

But Dhoni’s words meant Nehra managed to maintain decent fitness as he played important role in India’s title triumph. Despite not being in the best fitness in the world cup, Nehra did play a major role especially in the semi finals against Pakistan.

Nehra recollected the incident and suggested it was MS Dhoni’s call that helped him pllay three games in that world cup. Also, he praised Dhoni being the chief architect for India’s title triumph after 28 long years.

Ashish Nehra and MS Dhoni (Credits: Getty)

“Listen, just hang in there for another two to three weeks. See how you feel. Be with the physio, sort it out with him, wait for two-three weeks and then we’ll see how it goes.”

Ashish Nehra- Long Career Rattled With Injuries

Ashish Nehra is undoubtedly one of the greatest Indian pace bowlers ever. However, his career was always halted due to some sort of injury. Despite all the setbacks, the cricketer always bounced back and made comebacks to Indian team time and again.

He is one of the very few to have such long career than spanned close to two decades. He also face a very bad fracture during the match against Pakistan in 2011 world cup. Nehra managed 33/1 in his 10 over quota and played a massive role in India’s route to final.

“I had a massive fracture. The day after the final itself, I left for Australia for surgery. It was very disappointing but it was satisfying as well that we won the final, we won the World Cup. It was a roller-coaster ride for me but in the end, I did manage to land safely,” Nehra concluded.

Always smiling despite all the lows and setbacks, Nehra has earned a name for himself not just for being a great cricketer but also a great human being. He is still actively participating in cricket in the roles of mentor and commentator whenever possible.


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