Ashish Nehra (pronunciation Hindi: ???? ?????; born 29 April 1979) is a former Indian cricketer who played in all formats of the game. He is often nicknamed as NehraJi by his colleagues and fans.
Nehra had a career troubled with injuries and fitness issues. In an interview, he revealed that he had gone under as many as 12 surgeries. Yuvraj Singh had even once joked about this and said Ashish Nehra is player who can get injured while sleeping too”. Due to fitness issues, he was absent from the national scene for extended stretches but was a part of the Indian team in two Cricket World Cup campaigns, two Asia Cups and three ICC Champions Trophy. He had also been particularly effective in the Indian Premier League, in which he has represented five different teams. Nehra was called one of the best bowlers that the India national cricket team has ever seen by Ravi Shastri. M.S. Dhoni also suggested Nehras name as the future bowling coach for India considering his massive experience, his ability to swing the ball both ways and his ability to bowl well under pressure.Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in late 2017, with the Twenty20 International match against New Zealand on the 1st of November 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground his last appearance. Javagal Srinath, in honour of Nehras career said, This is the saddest retirement the sport has had to see since Sachin Tendulkar and will leave a hole that cannot be filled. His expertise, way of mentoring the team, and leading from the shadows will never be forgotten by any of the team members.
On the eve of his farewell game, Delhi & District Cricket Association renamed one end of the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground as Ashish Nehra End and thus Nehra became the second bowler in cricket history, after James Anderson (cricketer), to have bowled from an end named after him.Nehra was the second oldest player to represent India in T20Is, at the age of 38 years 186 days, only exceeded by Rahul Dravid, who played at the age of 38 years 232 days.