Ashish Nehra finds watching cricket on TV more stressful than playing

Ashish Nehra, the Indian pace spearhead in T20 cricket, suffered a knee injury mid-way during the season 9 of Indian Premier League (IPL). While many felt it may be a big blow for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and its fortunes in the tournament, team’s bowling attack took inspiration from its stalwart and went on to win the tournament in style. Quite rightly in the end, the team dedicated its title win to its beloved ‘NehraJi’, who was recuperating in London from surgery on his right knee. ALSO READ: ‘Purple Cap’ holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar relishes time spent with Ashish Nehra at SRH.

While ideally he should have been in Bengaluru playing a part in team’s win, he was forced to watch the final on TV. Away from the SRH family, he watched the final with his wife Rushma and children Arush and Ariana at his in-laws’ residence in London. And once SRH emerged as winners, the veteran expressed his happiness speaking to reporters in London. ALSO READ: IPL 2016: Ashish Nehra ruled out of the Indian Premier League.

Buoyed by the victory, an elated Nehra said: “I was positive throughout that we will win. I really missed being in Bangalore, but I’m happy that the boys managed to pull off a great win.” “Watching the final (on TV) was very stressful. I’m less nervous when I am playing”, the pacer, who will be sidelined from the game following his surgery, further added. Nehra made a successful comeback earlier this year, but his flight in international cricket was cut short when he suffered an injury to his right knee during a league match which ruled him out of the tournament.