Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra revealed how captain MS Dhoni motivated him when he was struggling with an injury and was going to opt-out of the World Cup 2011 final team. Ashish Nehra was in pain due to his back problems and had requested Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni to replace him for the World Cup.
MS Dhoni suggested Nehra have a second thought about his call and not rush things. He wanted him to wait till the end to see if he could play and then make a decision. The pacer recalled him being able to play 3 matches in the World Cup and winning the final were only possible because of MS Dhoni’s upliftment.
MS Dhoni’s Inspiring Support For Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra recalled how MS Dhoni inspired him to stay on the ground to train and not to rush his decision to opt-out of the World Cup.
“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.”
The pacer went on to play in three matches in the World Cup. He had a decent match against the Netherlands, which he ended with figures of 33/1. In his second match against South Africa, his form dipped and he struggled in the match which was India’s sole loss in the tournament. He played his third match in the semi-finals against Pakistan. He emerged as a star in the match keeping tight in the middle overs and took two wickets by conceding just 33 runs in 10 overs.
It Was A Roller-Coaster Ride For Me But In The End, I Did Manage To Land Safely
The match against Pakistan was his last match of the tournament as he fractured his right hand. India went on to win the finals against Sri Lanka.
“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.
Ashish Nehra played an 18-year long career for the Men in Blue, debuting in 1999 and retiring in the year 2017. Nehra had his highs and lows facing a long list of injuries during his career. He was astonishing with his seam and his wrist movement and subsequently baffled the batsmen during the peak time of his career.