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Short of length Ashish Nehra.

by Naked Cricket

Nehra has been around, not just with his celebratory glides, but before the North zoned in. He’s always been there, before Jatman, before Yuvi, before Bhajji, before you were born. And he knows it, and he says it, and he will continue to say it.

He is the master. Even old man Srinath laughs about Asheesh’s gyaan. Asheesh is all about gyaan.

When he bowled in another age, he was India’s only bowler to land it on the same spot, ball after ball, that sweet short of length. Zaheer was too full those days, and not half the bowler he is now.

Years later, India’s pace attack runs on Zaheer, elsewhere Nehra stumbles into the Delhi Daredevils. That clicks, West Indies ODIs happen, Compaq Cup happens, Nehra happens.

It’s tough to tell how long Nehra will last. If his bony, Bruce Reidlike frame isn’t very encouraging then neither is his fitness record.

But grant Nehra this much: Indian sans Zaheer was all about who will lead the pack? Pat came the reply, I will!

Nehra won’t have it any other way. Short of length bowler but never short of words.


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7 comments:

straight point said...

i still remember how zaheer used to say how wonderful it is to take tips from nehra... when zaheer will be back he will take class of all his bachchaas at once...

straight point said...

...and before i forget he seems to be the originator of 'teri maa ki...' culture in team india...

Sujan Rao (sanath189) said...

he he :) I remember Nehra's Teri Maa ki comment thrown at the that time bachha Dhoni when he dropped Afridi...

btw well written...

Naked Cricket said...

SP, right now he's giving batting tips, asking RP to take it easy.

He could have done with some bowling tips himself, from Zaheer

Bhaskar Khaund said...

Spoke too soon Naked ? :-) :-(

Naked Cricket said...

Cheers Sujan, that Nehra video's here on Bored

Naked Cricket said...

BK, me or Nehra?

Today should have been Nehra's holiday, two game days one too many for Mr Bones.