Cricket is the game where luck plays a significant role for a team or player. All things favour you when luck is on your side. Similarly, former Indian pacer — Ashish Nehra recalls the innings when the fortune was with the legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar which benefited Team India.
In the World Cup 2011 semi-final against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar was given four lives by the opposition which costed them heavily. Pakistan dropped the catch of batting maestro on 27, 45, 70 and 81 respectively. Also, one LBW call was reversed due to the DRS. At last, Sachin was out after scoring 85 runs guiding the team to set a 260-run target.
Talking about the same innings, Nehra, who was himself the part of that match, said that it was one of Sachin’s scratchiest innings.
“Needless to say, even Sachin Tendulkar himself knows how lucky he was in that game. It was one of his scratchiest innings you’ll see. Whenever you’ve seen Tendulkar scoring even 40, you will see bad decisions or catches being dropped. But not that many and luck going your way that much,” Nehra said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
India were good at defending: Ashish Nehra
Pakistan had failed to chase down the target by 29 runs and India secured the spot in grand-finale and eventually, lifted the trophy.
However, Ashish Nehra stated that the team would have given 300-plus target to Pakistan because of the start they had. But he believes that India did a great job in defending the target. Nehra himself had picked two wickets in that match.
“See when you talk about a World Cup, whether it’s India-Pakistan, India-England, or any other team, it’s all pressure. You’ve reached the semifinal, you’re a good team but in the end it’s all down to how you handle pressure,” Nehra said.“The way Virender Sehwag started against Umar Gul (taking him for four fours in an over), at one point of time, we might score 340-350. We ended up 257-58 if I’m not wrong. When we were bowling, Pakistan had a very good start and defending 257 was a great effort by the Indian team. There’s no doubt about it.”