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Up to date: August 1, 2020 7:44:43 pm





Ashish Nehra played his last international match against New Zealand earlier this month. Ashish Nehra had figures of two/33 within the India vs Pakistan 2011 World Cup semifinal. (Supply: PTI)

With pleasure reaching the height forward of India vs Pakistan semifinal conflict on the 2011 World Cup, it was Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar who proved useful to Ashish Nehra when he was on the lookout for some further tickets.

In a current podcast on Wisen’s ‘The Biggest Rivalry,’ Nehra revealed that with tickets offered out and other people coming from all corners of the world to observe the thrilling conflict, he turned to his Pakistan counterparts to bag just a few further tickets.

“Two-three days earlier than that match, no person knew that India and Pakistan would meet within the semifinals,” Nehra mentioned. “Every thing occurred in a short time, in 72 hours, everybody got here to know that Pakistan is dealing with India in World Cup semifinals. And I’ve not seen something like that. There weren’t too many five-star accommodations in Chandigarh, there was one Mount View resort and groups had been staying in Taj. And I had seen individuals coming from America or England, you simply title it, and so they didn’t have tickets.”

It turned out to be Nehra’s closing ODI match and he managed to say 2/33, serving to India attain the ultimate by beating Pakistan by 29 runs. “With the Pakistan delegation coming and a number of vacationers, who had been staying within the Mount View resort, left their rooms to exit and once they come again within the night, their baggage was packed and stored exterior their rooms and the resort administration instructed them that you’ve got been checked out of the resort, the cash has been transferred again to your account … as a result of the entire resort has been taken by Mr [Yousaf Raza] Gillani and his staff. I nonetheless keep in mind India selector on the time, Kris Srikkanth, coming into the Taj resort in Chandigarh and there have been no rooms for him,” mentioned Nehra.

Hoping to safe tickets for his family and friends so they may watch him characteristic within the 50-over format for one final time, Nehra requested Afridi for 2 tickets and as an alternative received 4 from the Pakistan camp. “Nice sport for India, stress sport, electrical environment as at all times however the wonderful factor was that individuals had been standing exterior the resort and so they didn’t even have tickets,” Nehra mentioned, remembering the day.

“I used to be the fortunate one, to be very sincere, as a result of I received just a few further tickets from the Pakistan camp. I instructed Shahid Afridi that I would like two tickets, type it out. Then I received two tickets from him and two tickets from Shoaib Akhtar. Waqar Younis was the coach, so perhaps, out of the 30 gamers, I had probably the most variety of tickets.”

It was the fifth World Cup assembly between the 2 nations and India again then stretched their file to 5-0, which at present stands at 8-0.

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