Ashish Nehra – The man who showed age is just a number
To make a comeback at the age of 36, to fight back after being plagued by back-to-back injuries and to master T20s that is often called as youngster’s game needs strong will power and great skillset, Ashish Nehra who turns 38 today has done all. The champion bowler made a comeback to Indian team at the age of 36 on February 1, 2016, after a hiatus of six years. The ability to pick up wickets up front makes him a standout performer.
He had a terrific 2003 ODI World Cup where he bagged 15 wickets at an impressive average of 19.26 and an economy rate of 4.17. His 6-23 against England in the showpiece event is still one of the best performances by an Indian bowler.
The left-arm pace bowler’s Test career didn’t have anything to boast about as he accounted only 44 wickets in the 17 matches at a paltry average of 42.41. However, he has good ODI numbers as he took 157 wickets in 120 ODIs at an average of 31.73.
Very good IPL record and subsequent comeback
Currently, plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Nehra had two back-to-back fruitful seasons in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, he picked up 22 wickets at an economy rate of 7.24 and an average of 20.40. Last year, he was the leader of SRH bowling attack before being ruled out due to an injury. He bagged 9 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 22.11.
These performances caught selector’s eye, and he was recalled to Indian side when India toured Australia for a 3-match T20 series, and since then he is an integral part of the T20 side. He had an excellent T20 World Cup in 2016 where he prized out 5 wickets in as many matches at a splendid economy rate 5.95.
The left-arm pacer is an inspiration for all as he showed to the whole world that if you are willing to work hard, then age is just a number.