The world cricket history remembers the sensational bowling effort from seamer Ashish Nehra in the 2003 world cup match between India and England.
The former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra picked up six wickets in the match as England was bundled out for 168 in a 251-run chase in Durban. However, the record had written in the history book, but no one knows the behind the scene.
On Tuesday, former cricketer Aakash Chopra revealed how Nehra had a heavily swollen leg a day before the encounter due to an injury, and how he had played the entire game with the injury.
In his latest video uploaded on his official Facebook page, Aakash Chopra said that, in the 2003 world cup match between India and England on Durban pitch, England had to chase 250 runs. While England was at 52/2 chasing 250 runs, Ashish Nehra came into the attack.
The England captain Nasser Hussain got a leading edge off from the bat and got out, Paul Collingwood got out LBW, and Michael Vaughan was caught behind with this, half of England’s team fell like a pack of cards in Nehra’s bowling.
Then Aakash Chopra revealed the behind the scenes of the six-wicket haul of the warrior Ashish Nehra how Nehra stepped out on the field to rattle the England batting unit with a swollen leg the very next day. If Nehra Ji has decided that he will play against England, then no one can stop him, Chopra said.
Aakash Chopra said a day before the match, Nehra filled a buck full of ice and kept his heavily swollen leg inside the bucket for hours. In the matchday, he heavily taped and bandaged his swollen leg and wore thick, tight socks; even though it was even difficult for him to wear his shoes, he still went off to the field.
Nehra Ji achieved wonders that no one expected; he took a 6-wicket haul – a feat that no other Indian bowler could achieve during a World Cup game.
The thing to remember here is that of passion and not giving up. “An injury can affect your body, but not your determination. Long Live, Nehra Ji,” Aakash Chopra said.
The warrior said goodbye to international cricket in 2007.
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