With no cricket going on, all the cricketers have a lot of free time on their hands right now. Many cricketers have also been proactive on their social media in the past few weeks due to the lockdown. Recently former India pacer Ashish Nehra interacted with his former Delhi and India teammate, Aakash Chopra. During the conversation, the left-arm pacer recalled his Test debut.
Ashish Nehra made his Test debut in 1999 in Sri Lanka and Marvan Atapattu was his test wicket. Later moving on as a limited-overs specialist, Nehra didn’t have a big Test career. However, he did have a big impact in the small test stint he had with the Indian national team.
Speaking about the same, Nehra revealed he had only one pair of shoes. Talking about his initial cricket days, Nehra recollects he used the same shoes he wore during the Ranji Trophy in his Test debut. The left-arm fast bowler from Delhi also revealed how he would get the shoe stitched after each innings.
Speaking with Aakash Chopra on his talk show, Aakashvani, Nehra said, “I wore them for the first time in Ranji Trophy and had only one pair which I took them with me to play in my first Test match in 1999. I still remember I used to get the shoe stitched after each innings and that is how it survived the entire Test.”
Nehra also recalled times when he would go to drop the coach. He adds how the coach asked them to show different bowling actions, and he would use stone chips for the same.
“I wasn’t alone. There used to be a bunch of us who would go to drop sir at the railway station. He would ask us to show him different bowling actions. I remember we would pick up the stones at the station and bowl with them,” Nehra said.