Recently-retired Ashish Nehra has the distinctions of playing under the captaincy of some of the finest captains in the history of Indian cricket. The veteran pacer, who brought down curtains on his international career after the first T20 International against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla, made his debut way back in 1999 under Mohammad Azharuddin.
A couple of years later, he was playing under the captaincy of the legendary Sourav Ganguly, who transformed the young and energetic players into a winning unit. Few years later, Nehra was captained by MS Dhoni, the most decorated skipper in the history of Indian cricket. He played an integral role in India’s historic triumph at the 2011 World Cup but was surprisingly not considered for selection for the next five years. He was recalled to the T20I team last year and earlier this year he also got a taste of Virat Kohli‘s captaincy.
And given his experience of playing under the captaincy of so many diverse personalities, Nehra was asked about the captain he enjoyed playing under the most. However, the 38-year old, presented a dead bat to the question, stating that he does not like comparisons.
So many people have asked me this question. I’m going to repeat the same thing because the same questions have been coming for the last week or two weeks. I’m somebody who has never liked comparisons. Everyone has weaknesses and strengths. I played under Dada, under MS, I’m playing under Virat. Obviously Virat has a long career to go still,” he said in his last press-conference as a player.
“There were so many other captains. Viru didn’t captain for long but he was a very positive guy. MS was someone who was really, really good. He was very shrewd and knew how to get the best out of his resources. Dada [Sourav Ganguly] was someone who really motivated us. We were young then too, me, Zak, Viru, Yuvi, Bhajji… so everyone is different it’s difficult to compare,” he added. “I’m somebody who, I won’t say I’m enjoying when I’m doing well, but whenever I feel good body wise, I will enjoy whoever the captain is.”
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