Only one regret, 2003 WC final: Nehra
“If you can, then sprint. If not, then run. Can’t run? Then jog. Won’t jog? Then at least walk! Can’t walk? Then crawl but just keep on moving,” says Ashish Nehra as he gets ready to bid adieu to the game that has given him everything all these years.
A total of 163 international matches across three formats in 20 years is not the greatest piece of statistic but the straight-talking Nehra will remain an enigma for what he could have achieved had he not gone under knife 12 times.
“Trust me, I have had an eventful 20 years. I am not a very emotional person. The next 20 years is what I am looking forward to. Hopefully, it will be as eventful as it has been since I started playing for Delhi in 1997,” Nehra said during a free-wheeling chat at his academy in Noida, ahead of his final competi- tive match against New Zealand on November 1.
“It’s been a great journey. May be one regret. If I could change anything in these 20 years, that afternoon in Johannesburg during the 2003 World Cup final. But nothing else as it’s all about destiny,” he said with his customary nonchalance.
“For me, Ajay Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the two shrewdest cricketing brains I have ever interacted with.”
Talk about Virat Kohli and Nehra would say that Ravi Shastri is the ideal foil for Kohli.
“Look Virat’s career and captaincy are on auto-pilot mode right now. He knows what he is doing and leads by example. He doesn’t need gyaan (sermons) but support which Ravi gives him in abundance,” he said.
“You know the best part about Ravi. If a player is going through a rough patch, he is the man. Even if the player is not able to middle a single ball in the nets, Ravi would make him believe that he is as good as Brain Lara! Now that might sound ludicrous to an outsider but those who understand cricket know that this is man-management,” he said.
He did not speak a word about Anil Kumble but had a subtle take on what is an ideal coach-captain relationship.
“If a coach, suppose is 50 years old and the captain is 28, it is the duty of the coach to understand the psyche of a 28-year-old and not the other way round. It doesn’t work the other way. Not in cricket at least.”
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Monday submitted the draft constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) , incorporating each and every recommendation made by Justice Lodha Committee on the organisational reforms.
The Supreme Court’s three-member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AMK Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud asked the amicus curiae Gopal Subramaniam to study the draft and come back with his suggestions on the next date on November 29.
Monday was expected to be an action-packed day for all the three top BCCI officials — acting president CK Khanna, joint-secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary — because of the adverse status report that indicted the three for their non cooperation in the implementation of the Apex court’s ordered reforms.
“Whilst disqualified persons have been forced to demit office pursuant to the aforesaid order (January 2), they continue to remain associated with their respective