Thank You Ashish Nehra For Everything You’ve Done For The Indian Cricket Team

Fans of the Indian Cricket team might not have always been in favour of Ashish Nehra, but he always poured his heart out on the field for the team, the fans and above all, India.

Nehra
Source: Indian Express

Hi Ashish,

Sometimes in life, we come across people who we don’t always hit it off with. They are a good addition but we fail to make them feel special. They are always present when we need them, but we don’t really count them as important people. We fail to love them unconditionally.

I’m sorry that most of the fans of the Indian cricket team did something similar with you. We loved you momentarily but we failed to unconditionally support you. We apologise for that.

Nehra
Source: India TV

We have some strong affection for the likes of Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Ganguly. But that’s because most of us think of Cricket as a batsman’s game.

You were not the entertainer in the team, you were the vital cog that made the batsman look better.

I don’t want to talk about your statistics or records because honestly, they don’t do justice to your ability.

But that’s enough apology. I’m writing this to let you know that from this day onward, you have my full support in anything you do. To quote Nolan’s The Dark Knight, you were the hero we needed but not the one we deserved.

Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for those amazing spells that constantly kept Team India in the hunt for glory.

Nehra
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One of my earliest memories as a cricket fan is that of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

When Sachin demolished the Pakistani pace attack, it seemed like an easy task to defend the total. But Saeed Anwar had gone berserk. It all looked downhill until you decided to bowl the perfect yorker to tumble the timber.

It’ll always remember one of my favourite deliveries in a World Cup.

Nehra
Source: Twitter

It was a great day for Indian Cricket when you ripped through the English batting order with a scintillating 6 for 23. You tore them apart only for Team India to be humbled against the mighty Australian team in the finals. The fans didn’t support you through this. In fact, most of them started cursing the team. For what? For reaching the finals.

You should have been celebrated for your spells. I’m so sorry that you weren’t. But I’ll take a moment now to thank you for what you did in 2003. Thank you, Ashish.

Nehra
Source: ESPN Cricinfo

Even during the 2011 World Cup, you were the second-in-command in a bowling line-up that didn’t look that strong on paper. But that’s the things about cricket – success is made of mud and sweat, not by the records on parchment.

You once again did the job for us against Pakistan in the semis. Sadly, you broke your finger and were sidelined for the final. You deserved to be on the team sheet that got all the glory.

You deserved that moment but fate had some other plans.

Nehra
Source: IB Times

I’ve often seen people judge a cricketer’s career on the basis of their statistics and injury-records. They definitely judged you, but guess what – none of that matters. Every time you pulled on a jersey of the Indian cricket team, your heart bled blue. You made our lives so much better. Thank you for everything.

You’re definitely one of the greatest pacers India has ever produced. Thank you for everything you’ve done.

On your last match, I promise you this – wherever I am, be it in front of a television screen or in the stadium cheering for you, I will support you with all my heart. For your heart bled blue, my heart will bleed when you leave us.

Thank you,

A true Indian cricket fan.

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