Virender Sehwag feels Nehra’s discussions might have increased the pressure on the Gujarat players

Indian left-arm seamer and Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra has been a revelation for the Gujarat Titans in the IPL. He has helped the team gel together well and has formed close connections with the players. 

Over the years, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag and Gujarat Titans (GT) coach Ashish Nehra have developed a close relationship. The two have shared the dressing room for Delhi and Team India.

During the match between the GT fielders and the Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sehwag believed that Nehra’s continuous coaching to the fielders on the boundary was simply a means for him to calm his nerves. He acknowledged, though, that Nehra’s discussions might have increased the pressure on the Gujarat players.

Sehwag talked about Ashish Nehra, his childhood friend on a talk show on Cricbuzz.

Sehwag talks about Nehra

“We know Ashish Nehra from childhood and so I feel he was just dealing with his anxiety by talking to the fielders on the boundary. But what that might do is sometimes it might put pressure on the players. He said something to Shami too when he was on the boundary, and then even Shami ended up getting hit for runs in his last over.”

Rajat Bhatia, a former all-rounder for Delhi, also participated in the conversation and offered his opinion on Gujarat’s tendency to put themselves under pressure this season when it mattered most. He stated:

“Gujarat if you see last season, they used to win matches from losing positions. Now it’s the opposite as they have lost two games that they should have won. I feel personally that the way Ashish Nehra moved around and spoke to players during the backend of the match only made them tenser.”

The Rajasthan Royals’ top-order was unable to generate any momentum in the chase, leaving them needing an incredible 112 runs from 48 balls. Sanju Samson (60 off 32) and Shimron Hetmyer (56* off 26) both put in outstanding performances, helping them win by four balls.

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