Off The Field

Spent first few minutes just looking at Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar: Ashish Nehra

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Former Team India pacer Ashish Nehra went down the memory lane and shared how he was left starstruck when he first saw former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian dressing room. Known for his impeccable line and length, Nehra made his Test debut for the Indian national side in 1999 when Team India toured Sri Lanka.

“I held a Kookaburra ball for the first time in my hand. Just imagine how times have changed. I am talking about 21 years ago when I had just two net sessions with a Kookaburra ball and went in to play my debut Test,” Nehra told former teammate Chopra on Aakashvani. Recalling his maiden call in the whites for India, Nehra revealed that he only knew Harbhajan Singh and even during the practice sessions he only used to sit with the Indian spinner.

Nehra also revealed how he was starstruck by the presence of former Team India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. While sharing the lockerroom with cricketing icons, Nehra asserted that he spent his first few minutes by just looking at Azharuddin and Tendulkar.

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