Ashish Nehra

Ashish Diwansingh Nehra (About this sound pronunciation  Hindi: आशीष नेहरा; born 29 April 1979) is an Indian cricketer (left-arm medium fast bowler) who has represented India at the international level since 1999. He embodies various virtues of a left- handed bowler- pace, accuracy, strategic variations in line and length, and the ability to swing the ball both ways. He has been particularly effective with the new ball and at the death overs. Due to fitness issues, he has been absent from the national scene for extending stretches, but has been a part of the Indian team in two largely successful World Cup campaigns, two Asia Cups, and three Champions Trophies. He has also been particularly effective in the IPL, in which he has represented four different teams.

Personal information
Full name Ashish Nehra Anik
Born 29 April 1979 (age 37)
(Delhi), India
Bowling style Left arm medium fast
International information
National side
  • India
Test debut (cap 220) 24 February 1999 v Sri lanka
Last Test 13 April 2004 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 117) 21 June 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 30 March 2011 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 64
T20I debut (cap 25) 9 December 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I 31 March 2016 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–present Delhi
2008 Mumbai Indians
2009–2010 Delhi Daredevils
2011–2012 Pune Warriors India
2013 Delhi Daredevils
2014— 2015 Chennai Super Kings
2016—present Sunrisers Hyderabad
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 17 120 78 174
Runs scored 80 141 515 341
Batting average 5.50 6.08 8.30 8.31
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 6/0
Top score 19 24 43 24
Balls bowled 3447 5609 14829 8406
Wickets 44 157 257 217
Bowling average 42.40 31.56 29.87 32.13
5 wickets in innings 0 2 12 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 4 n/a
Best bowling 4/72 6/23 7/14 6/23
Catches/stumpings 5/– 17/– 24/– 25/–

Early career

Nehra started playing first-class cricket for his hometown, Delhi, in the 1997/1998 season.

International career

Nehra made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1999 and his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2001. On his Test debut, Nehra started out well, dismissing Marvan Atapattu early but then failed to pick up any more wickets. Similarly, he dismissed Alistair Campbell with only his 2nd ball in ODIs. He was also part of the Indian team’s run at the 2003 World Cupin South Africa. It was there against England, that he got his career-best ODI figures of six for 23. His performance in the other matches in the World Cup were also noteworthy.

However inconsistency and successive back and ankle injuries have prevented him from cementing his place in the Indian team. His career statistics are better in ODI cricket than in Test cricket, but with 144 ODI wickets at an average of 30.54 his average is higher(lesser the best) than all three of his main competitors for fast bowling places in the Indian team – Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar, who all have bowling averages below 30. The new crop of fast bowlers like Munaf Patel, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma also add to the competition. Nevertheless, Nehra completed recovery from a bowel injury in March 2006 and tried to make a comeback into the Indian team. He recalled to the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies in June 2009 after 4 years due to an injury to Zaheer Khan.

In 2011 Cricket World Cup, Nehra played his first game vs South Africa. He was expensive giving away 65 runs during 8.4 wicketless overs. He gave away 16 runs in 4 balls when he had to defend 13 runs in the last over. After this, many thought Nehra’s world cup was over. He was, however, a surprise inclusion against Pakistan in the semi-final ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. Nehra redeemed himself by being the most economical bowler for his side taking 2 wickets in 10 overs for a mere 33 runs as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs. He however could not play the final due to a fractured finger on his right hand.

After recovering from his injury, Nehra made himself available for the 2011 ODI series in England; after being ignored, he commented that he was ‘deeply hurt’. Despite the backing of former Indian bowler Manoj Prabhakar and a decent Ranji season, he was ignored for the subsequent tour of Australia as well. Recently, Nehra made a national comeback in the T20 squad for India’s tour of Australia 2016, the Asia Cup and the world T20. After performing against Australia and Sri Lanka, he was promoted to India’s main bowler at the age of 36.

Domestic career

He hit the headlines with creditable showings in the second season of the IPL in 2009. Being out of the reckoning for the national side, he continued to perform for Delhi. In the 2013-14 Ranji Trophy, he took 6/16 from 10 overs to bowl out Vidarbhafor a meagre 88 in the 1st innings at the Roshanara Club Ground at Delhi


After recovering from the ankle injury that prevented him from playing for the Delhi Ranji Team in the 2007–08 season,Nehra joined the Indian Premier League and signed up for the Mumbai Indians franchise. He won the Man of the Match for the game versus Rajasthan Royals taking three wickets on 7 May 2008. He played for the Delhi DareDevilsfrom 2009. He was picked up by Pune Warriors India in the latest 2011 IPL player auction for a sum of Rs. 3.91 crores,. Nehra was ruled out of IPL-4 for first few matches due to a fractured finger on his right hand. He came back again in the IPL-5. He was swapped up with Ross Taylor to play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 6. In the 2014 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for ₹2,00,00,000. He bowled really well in IPL 8. He took 22 wickets in 16 games at an average of 20 with an economy of 7.2 and proved his worth once again and was one of the highest wicket takers in competition to his team mate who won the purple cap Dwayne Bravo. In the 2016 IPL auction Nehra was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for ₹5,50,00,000.

International career

ODI 5 Wicket hauls

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 6/23 33  England Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban South Africa 2003
2 6/59 65  Sri Lanka Asgiriya Stadium Kandy Sri Lanka 2005

International Awards

ODI Man of the Match awards

No. Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 England Kingsmead Cricket Ground Durban 26 February 2003 DNB ; 10–2–23–6  India won by 82 runs.
2 New Zealand R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 11 September 2009 8.3-0-24-3 ; DNB  India won by 6 wickets.