New Delhi: Former India speedster Ashish Nehra who retired from all forms of cricket at the end of the first T20 international with New Zealand on November 1, will start his new innings as a Cricket Commentator and debut when India take on Sri Lanka in the 1st Test at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.
The 38-year-old former left-arm pacer received a fabulous farewell by Indian Cricket team and the fans at his home ground, Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium and the announcement of his new role in cricket was made by his former teammate and friend Virender Sehwag, who himself became a commentator after retiring from cricket.
Sehwag took to Twitter to announce the return of Nehra and said, “Nehra ji ka commentary welcome zoron shoron se hona chahiye. Apne style me aap log bhi Nehra ji ko welcome zaroor karein”
Other than being a good friend, former Indian opener Sehwag has been a vocal supporter of Nehra many a time and after the pacer was recalled to India’s T20I squad in the recently concluded series against New Zealand, Sehwag even linked Nehra’s fitness to Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
“The secret behind Nehra’s fitness is when is not playing international cricket, he spends almost 8 hours in the gym (two sessions of 4 hours each). And if today he is a part of the T20 team, it is because he has passed the ‘yo-yo’ test. He scored almost 17-18 on the yo-yo test, touching Virat Kohli’s score,” Sehwag had said.
Nehra established himself as a death bowler and had come to team’s rescue on many occasions. The southpaw made his international debut under Mohammad Azharuddin in 1999 and went on be an integral part of Indian side that marched to the World Cup finals in 2003 under Ganguly in South Africa, with his six wickets haul against England in Durban being the best memory.