Ashish Diwan Singh Nehra was born on 29th April 1979 in Delhi, India. He was married to Rushma Singh in 2009, and they both have a son Arush Nehra. This 36-year-old cricketer is well recognized for his skinny (75kg), tall (6.4 feet) physique and peculiar bowling action (left arm medium fast bowler). Ashish grew up in
, and his father Diwan Singh worked in Delhi Government Limited in the post of a Manager. His younger brother has done computer engineering, and his mother is a teacher. Nehra started playing domestic cricket leagues representing his hometown Delhi in 1997 after which he was selected for the Indian Test Cricket squad for his first test against Sri Lanka in 1999 during which he succeeded in claiming an early wicket of Marvan Atapattu but later failed to score any other wickets.
Since the Indian team always ran short of bowlers, Nehra was inducted into the ODI squad in 2001 where he played his debut match against Zimbabwe at Harare, the present generation of cricket fans wouldn’t know how mighty, and challenging Zimbabwe once were, nevertheless, he dismissed Captain Alistair Campbell in his second ball of the Innings. In the South Africa 2003 World Cup, Ashish Nehra achieved his career’s best numbers against England conceding only 23 runs for six wickets and in that same tournament, he went on bowling a lightning fast 149.7 km/h delivery which at that time was the fastest ever bowled by any Indian. Nehra was always prone to injuries, and his entire career was plagued by surgeries which eventually took a toll on his health, he underwent a bowel injury and made his comeback in international cricket in 2006. The left-arm bowler, who also plays in Indian Premier League, has been seasoned to perform in any situation. In the first season of IPL 2008, Ashish joined Mumbai Indians and later transferred to his home team Delhi Daredevils during IPL 2009 conducted in South Africa in which he ended up being the 3rd highest wicket taker; he took 19 wickets in 13 games.
This performance brought him into the limelight, and the selectors were compelled to take notice of his comeback, and he was selected in the ODI series against West Indies. From then, he never had to look back. After his most economical performance in 2011 world cup Semifinals against Pakistan, he conceded just 33 runs taking two wickets in 10 overs and India won that match by 29runs. Although Nehra was available for the 2011 ODI series in England, he was ignored by the Indian selectors for which he reportedly said he was ‘deeply hurt’. Nehra was a part of the Pune Warriors India till IPL 2012 after which the team owner landed into controversy and its license was canceled. Nehra was bought by The Chennai Super Kings team for two crores in 2014 IPL auction. Recently Nehra was also selected to T20 squad for India’s tour of Australia 2016.