Nagpur, March 14: Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra is very quick to subject his team-mates to sharp reproach whenever there is a slip-up in the field off his bowling. He was no less severe on M S Dhoni during the wicket-keeper's early days with Indian squad. In fact, when Mahi dropped Pakistan opener Shahid Afridi off his bowling in the third match of the India-Pakistan series in April 2005 (scorecard), the flustered bowler unleashed a tirade of verbal abuse at the gloveman. The unsavoury confrontation, captured in a recording, has been doing the rounds on Youtube and has recently enjoyed a reprise in hits.
But one would think that Nehra's deplorable performance with the ball in India's World Cup 2011 match against South Africa on Saturday March 12, when he notoriously conceded 15 runs in the final over to allow the Proteas home, would shut him up permanently. It was an occurrence which drives home the point that one ought to respect one's team-mates when one is at the top, for the day will come when you will need their solace and understanding too.
Saturday's disastrous final over was a harsh reminder to Nehra that he is not immune to committing gaffes and faux pas as well, especially during a crunch moment in the match. Now he would do well to take a leaf out of his captain's book and remain un-abusive to people who mess up in the field. Indeed, Nehra would do right to just keep his lips pursed and let the ball do the talking.