MS Dhoni Offered Ashish Nehra Test Return But He Declined
Ashish Nehra, in his interview to the Times of India, spoke about several anecdotes and also revealed some interesting facts. Nehra, at his prime, was one of the prolific fast bowlers for the national team. He was however, not a regular, due his injuries but at his cent per cent he could win the team a match on his own.
In an interaction to the newspaper, Nehra revealed that, MS Dhoni had given him a chance to make a comeback to the longest format of the game.
MS Dhoni offered me Test cricket again in 2009: Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra made his last Test appearance in 2004. Interestingly, though he brought down the curtains on his playing career in 2017, after featuring in 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 27 T20Is, Nehra was not ready to take up the offer. Moreover, he also said that, he has no regrets about declining it even now.
“I didn’t play for India between 2005 and 2009. A lot had changed in Indian cricket in that time. When I made a comeback, Dhoni was leading India. However, it was not that we were not on talking terms during that period. Dhoni had offered me Test cricket again in 2009, which I declined. Looking back, I do regret that decision a bit,” Nehra was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
MS Dhoni wasn’t the best when he came in: Ashish Nehra
Kiran More and Nayan Mongia were the finest wicket-keepers to have donned the Indian jersey before MS Dhoni could establish himself in international cricket. Nehra, who is brutally honest with his remarks, feels Dhoni was not ahead of his contemporaries but he made a better package.
“Dhoni wasn’t the best wicket-keeper around when he first came in. All those who played before him were really good. He was certainly not a Kiran More or a Nayan Mongia. So it’s not that he was miles ahead of his contemporaries as a wicketkeeper, but he made for a better package. His discipline, passion, composure and confidence made him different,” Nehra told the Times of India.
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