Ashish Nehra (pronunciation; born 29 April 1979) is an Indian cricket coach and former cricketer who played in all formats of the game. Nehra announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in late 2017, with the Twenty20 International match against New Zealand on 1 November 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground his last appearance.[2][3] With India, Nehra was a member of the Indian team that was one of the joint-winners of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy, which the title was also shared with Sri Lanka, and was a member of the team that won the 2011 Cricket World Cup although he didn't play in the final.

Ashish Nehra
Nehra in 2010
Personal information
Born (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 45)
Delhi Cantonment, Delhi, India
Height6 ft (183 cm)[1]
BowlingLeft arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 220)24 February 1999 v Sri Lanka
Last Test13 April 2004 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 137)21 June 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI30 March 2011 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no.64
T20I debut (cap 25)9 December 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I1 November 2017 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2008Mumbai Indians
2009–2010Delhi Daredevils
2011–2012Pune Warriors India
2013Delhi Daredevils
2014–2015Chennai Super Kings
2016–2017Sunrisers Hyderabad
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 17 120 27
Runs scored 77 157 34
Batting average 5.50 5.19 5.60
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 19 24 22
Balls bowled 3,447 5,751 588
Wickets 44 157 34
Bowling average 42.40 31.72 22.29
5 wickets in innings 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/72 6/23 3/19
Catches/stumpings 5/– 18/– 4/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  India
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 2011 India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka
Runner-up 2003 South Africa-Zimbabwe-Kenya
ICC Champions Trophy
Winner 2002 Sri Lanka
ACC Asia Cup
Winner 2010 Sri Lanka
Winner 2016 Bangladesh
Runner-up 2004 Sri Lanka
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 04 September 2022

Early and personal life


Nehra was born in Sadar Bazaar, Delhi Cantonment to Diwan Singh Nehra and Sumitra Nehra. Nehra was very passionate about cricket from an early age. Nehra would ride scooters with Virender Sehwag to the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium to be able to play cricket. This allowed him to grow success and eventually rise through the ranks. He eventually join the Delhi team to participate in the Ranji Trophy.[4]

International career


He made his debut against Sri Lanka national cricket team. On 26 February 2003, during the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, Nehra took 6 for 23 against England, which was the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in Cricket World Cup history until Mohammad Shami surpassed it against New Zealand on 15 November 2023 during the semi-final of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.[5][6]

Nehra was named in the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 T20 World Cup by the ICC and ESPNcricinfo.[7][8]

In the 2013–14 Ranji Trophy, he took 6/16 from 10 overs to bowl out Vidarbha for a meagre 88 in the first innings at the Roshanara Club Ground at Delhi.[9]

After recovering from the ankle injury that prevented him from playing for the Delhi Ranji Team in the 2007–08 season,[10] Nehra joined the Indian Premier League and signed up for the Mumbai Indians franchise.[10] For his performances in 2014 and 2015 for Chennai Super Kings, he was named in the ESPNcricinfo CLT20 XI.[11]

Coaching career


In January 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore appointed Nehra as their bowling coach. He retained his position for the 2019 IPL.

In January 2022, he was appointed the head coach of newly formed Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Titans.[12] In the 2022 IPL season, Gujarat Titans finished top of the table and went on to win the trophy in the final against Rajasthan Royals. Nehra also became the first Indian head coach to win the Indian Premier League.[13]


  1. ^ Ashish Nehra’s profile on Sportskeeda
  2. ^ "Nehra farewell hogs headlines in T20I series opener". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Rohit, Dhawan break both records and New Zealand". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  4. ^ Saini, Meenu (19 January 2023). "Ashish Nehra Net Worth, Age, Wife, Biography, Family, Awards and more". SuccessCDs. Retrieved 16 April 2024.
  5. ^ "World Cup - India Cricket Team Records & Stats". ESPNcricinfo.
  6. ^ "ICC World Cup 2023 Most Wickets: Full list of top wicket-takers after IND vs NZ semifinal; Shami on top, Zampa second". 15 November 2023.
  7. ^ "ICC names WT20 Teams of the Tournament".
  8. ^ "ESPNcricinfo's team of the 2016 World T20". ESPNcricinfo. 4 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Group Scorecard - ESPNcricinfo". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ a b "Nehra for Mumbai Indians, Mishra for Delhi". ESPNcricinfo. 14 March 2008. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  11. ^ "The IPL 2015 tournament XI". 25 May 2015.
  12. ^ "IPL 2018: Gary Kirsten, Ashish Nehra Join RCB Coaching Team". The Quint. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Ashish Nehra breaks 14-year-long pattern with historic first as GT beat RR to win IPL 2022". Hindustan Times. 30 May 2022. Retrieved 30 May 2022.