Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra who recently retired from international cricket was seen spending some time with his former teammates at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata ahead of the 2nd day’s play in the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. He was seen talking to the Indian pace brigade of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He also spoke with the left-arm spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja and also bowling coach Bharat Arun.
When asked what was the talk all about Nehra revealed to the reporters that it had nothing to do with cricket.
“That was nothing to do with cricket,” Nehra was quoted as saying by the reporters. “When I was on the camera they all were laughing. Because they have seen me in suit so…I went to say hello to them. It was nothing to do with cricket. Bharat Arun was there so we had a laugh about my new role,” Nehra added.
Nehra started off his new career as a commentator on the opening day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. In a career spanning 18 years, Nehra has seen the uglier side of injuries on several occasions and have gone under the knife on as many as 12 occasions. He played 120 ODI’s, 17 Tests and 27 T20I’s for India bagging 157 wickets, 44 wickets and 34 wickets respectively.
He played his final international game for India on November 2 against New Zealand in the opening match of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Team India is in a precarious situation in the opening Test against Sri Lanka which has been hampered by persistent rains and overcast conditions.
India was reeling at 17/3 at the end of the opening day’s play and courtesy Cheteshwar Pujara’s fighting 48, India managed to huff and puff their way to 75/5 at the end of the 2nd day’s play.