Watch Team India captain Virat Kohli’s epic reaction on Ashish Nehra’s football skill

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Nov 2, 2017, 11:48 am IST
Updated Nov 2, 2017, 1:33 pm IST
The 39-year-old pacer drew curtains on his career at Feroz Shah Kotla where India beat New Zealand by 53 runs.
Ashish Nehra showed that after cricket he has an alternative career in football. (Photo: BCCI)
 Ashish Nehra showed that after cricket he has an alternative career in football. (Photo: BCCI)

New Delhi: Ashish Nehra drew curtains on his injury-prone career as India won their maiden Twenty20 match against New Zealand. The Virat Kohli-led side, who scored 202/3 after put in to bat, restricted the Black Caps to 149/9 to register a 53-run victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday.

Nehra’s career had a fairytale ending as India dominated the Kiwi side in all the three areas of the game to take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series. After the match, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan carried Nehra on their shoulders and gave him a perfect send-off.

During the match, Nehra produced a moment of brilliance; showcasing his football skills. So much so that the Indian skipper, who is one of the better fielders in the team, was stunned.

As New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson swept a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery, Nehra, who was manning the short fine-leg area, ran towards his right, stretched his right foot and the ball bounced off his shoe before Nehra threw it back. While the leg-spinner Chahal applauded the effort, Kohli, who is a huge football fan, could not hold back his big grin.

In the post-match presentation, Kohli was all praise for the veteran left-arm pacer.

"To have played 19 years is very hard for a fast bowler is a great achievement, especially after so many surgeries. I know how professional he's been and how hard he's worked. He asked always delivered whenever he has been asked to do. He deserved this kind of a farewell with the crowd cheering him. He can now spend time with his family, he's got a beautiful family. We'll stay in touch but we'll miss him and I wish him all the best," said the Indian captain.

Nehra has won many matches for India in his 19-year-old career, but the most iconic moment came during the 2003 World Cup against England, where the pacer ran through the Nasser Hussain-led side, claiming six wickets, conceding 23 runs. The Nehra spell, where he bowled 10 overs on a trot, helped India register a comprehensive win.

Nehra, who made his debut in 1999 and went on to play 164 matches across formats for India, was also a member of the MS Dhoni-led Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup.

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