India Cricket: What Ashish Nehra Said, Really Meant and Definitely Did Not

Linus FernandesAnalyst IIOctober 2, 2011

MOHALI, INDIA - MARCH 30: Ashish Nehra of India appeals successfully for the wicket of Umar Gul of Pakistan during the 2011 ICC World Cup second Semi-Final between India and Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on March 30, 2011 in Mohali, India. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
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Ashish Nehra Prefers History Over Geography

What he said:

“Aapne Kerala se Srinagar tak sabko chance diya hai. Sirf Ashish Nehra hi nahin hain (You have given opportunities to all and sundry from Kerala to Srinagar—just not me).”

Medium pacer, Ashish Nehra, caustically bemoans the fickleness of Indian selectors. The veteran bowler was left out for the English tour, and finds himself sitting out the return ODI series against England at home.

Nehra said:

"Please check the records. Which India bowler has bowled maximum number of overs at the death in last two years. You want me to prove my fitness, but then I am not even good enough to be in any of the Challenger Trophy teams.”

The left-arm seamer said that he would consider participating in foreign leagues “if the Board allows.”

“I can go and play in Big Bash or Pro-40. Or else, I will play with my little son." averred Nehra.

What he really meant:

“The selectors are truly farsighted; they failed to notice me—right under their noses.”

“Now, if the selectors had considered history instead of geography, I’d be sitting pretty."

What he definitely didn’t:

“Arre baba, if RP Singh could be yanked back into the side (evidently unfit), why not me? So unfair.”