Ashish Nehra, the former Indian pacer aged 41 who represented Chennai Super Kings has recently opened up about his relationship and the special bond he shares with CSK skipper MS Dhoni in the light of MS Dhoni’s 200th IPL match. Ashish Nehra also played for Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, SunRisers Hyderabad and Pune Warriors.
MS Dhoni on Monday (October 19) created history as the Chennai captain became the first-ever player to be part of 200 matches in the IPL. MS Dhoni is playing his 11th season for the yellow army, leading them to three title wins.
He also played for now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant for a couple of seasons when CSK was banned from participation for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. MS Dhoni became the first player to play 200 IPL matches.
Ashish Nehra: Solidity And Consistency Comes To Mind When MS Dhoni’s Name Crops Up Which Gives Many Reasons For Fans To Smile
Besides, Ashish Nehra has lavished rich praise for the former India skipper and has talked about his mindset in wins. Ashish Nehra says solidity and consistency have been characteristics for MS Dhoni irrespective of captaining India or CSK. The left-arm seamer feels there is so much for senior cricketers who can learn from MS Dhoni and his positive outlook on things. Ashish Nehra played for CSK in 2014 and 2015.
Talking to Star Sports Nehra said, “See, whenever you discuss his name, what comes to your mind? Solidity and consistency. He gives so many reasons for fans to smile, whether you talk about India colours, whether you talk about CSK colours.”
“There is so much to learn from him. For me, MS Dhoni is someone, as a youngster or as a senior pro, he is always with you, hands-on. He always looks at the positive side of everything”, Nehra added.
Ashish Nehra, who was part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team and also played a couple of seasons under MS Dhoni for CSK, says he has a special bond with the former skipper.
Ashish Nehra: MS Dhoni Doesn’t Carry Phone With Him
He says MS Dhoni doesn’t carry his phone with him all the time. He also points out that the duo of him and the CSK skipper share a good rapport and gives importance to the process irrespective of results.
“He always says, you either win or you learn, you never lose: I have played with him, I am not going by results like winning a World Cup or a Champions Trophy, all that is by-product. He is somebody who is really special.
“I have a different bond with him. He is not someone who carries his phone all the time but whenever we meet, even if I meet him after a year or two, we feel like we are meeting every day. Long story cut short, he is a positive energy for everyone,” Nehra said.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni’s 200th IPL match celebration was cut short by RR wicket-keeper Jos Buttler, as the right-hander took Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over the Super Kings who scored only 125/5. This leaves Chennai languishing at the bottom of the points table with six points and four games in hand. Chennai will be facing the defending champions Mumbai Indians next on Friday in Sharjah.
MS Dhoni has scored 164 runs in 10 matches averaging a meagre 27.33. CSK have suffered seven defeats in 10 matches.