‘He filled bucket with ice, kept his swollen leg in it for hours’: How Ashish Nehra achieved historic World Cup feat regardless of damage

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The 2003 World Cup match between India and England noticed a sensational bowling effort from seamer Ashish Nehra. The former India pacer picked up six wickets within the match as England have been bundled out for 168 in 251-run chase in Durban. Nehra dismissed England captain Nasser Hussain, Micahel Vaughan, Alec Stewart, Paul Collingwood, Craig White and Ronnie Irani within the match. But whereas the information are written within the historical past books, the occasions behind the scenes are not often mentioned.

Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra, on Tuesday, recalled how Nehra had a closely swollen leg a day earlier than the encounter attributable to an damage, and needed to play the complete game with the damage.

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Speaking in his newest video uploaded on his official Facebook web page, Chopra mentioned: “World Cup 2003, India vs England on Durban pitch. It was a close contest. England were at 52/2 chasing 250. Ashish Nehra came into the attack. He takes a great run-up, gets a leading edge off from the bat and England captain Nasser Hussain had to return to the pavilion. Great breakthrough. Then, came Alex Tudor (It was Paul Collingwood). He got out LBW. Michael Vaughan was caught behind. With this, half of England’s team fell down like a pack of cards. The Indian lions roared. 

“But wait, you know this story, already right? Let me take you to the flashback, behind the scenes. This heavily swollen leg kept inside a bucket of ice… who is it? This is the same Ashish Nehra who, the very next day, stepped out on the field to rattle England batting unit with a swollen leg. As we say, there is nothing greater than a person’s will. Not even injuries. If Nehra ji has decided that he will play against England, then no one can stop him,” Chopra recalled.

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“So, Nehra filled a buck full of ice, and kept his heavily swollen leg inside the bucket for hours. The next day, 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 got ready, stood up and went off to the field. With Dada’s faith in him, and his self-believe, Nehra ji achieved wonders which no one expected.

“Nehra took a 6-wicket haul – a feat which no other Indian bowler has been able to achieve during a World Cup game. The thing to remember here is that the records will continue to be broken. The real story is that of the passion, and not giving up. An injury can affect your body, but not your determination. Long Live, Nehra ji,” Chopra signed off.

Nehra retired from worldwide cricket in 2017, having performed 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 27 T20Is for India.

[Attribution HT]

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