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The story of Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra's scooter rides

India Today logo India Today 16-02-2017

Delhi boys Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra go back a long way with each other. They started playing for Delhi together in the 1997-98 season. The two young men were close off the field as well and formed a bond that would last for decades.

Twenty years and incredible careers later, Sehwag, now happily retired, is wooing fans with his Twitter antics while Nehra is still going strong in international cricket.

Nehra has played an important role in India's T20 games over the last year and recently made another successful comeback in the recently concluded three-match T20 series versus England. He only picked up three wickets but his experience and abilities contributed largely to India's 2-1 series victory.

Nehra, understandably, has been in the news, thanks to his key role in India's performances in the shortest formats of the game. And when he is in the news, how could he be far away from Sehwag's radar?

Viru actually compared his beloved 'Nehra ji's' bowling to Rakesh Omprakash Mehra's love stories.

Nehra, who himself is not on social media, enjoys his old friend's tweets and was nostalgic talking about the old days and the times when he and Sehwag rode to the Feroz Shah Kotla together on a scooter.

"That was 20 years ago and both our scooters are long gone. Good old days," Nehra told ESPNcricinfo.

"We had a deal: Viru would drive on the way to the ground, while I would drive it on the return journey. As a bowler, I had a small bag, but his kit bag was big. So I would rest my head on that and nap while he was driving."

It was also said that Sehwag would always end up eating Nehra's breakfast but the strapping fast bowler laid to rest these rumuors and revealed Viru would gulp down his share of milk instead.

"Not breakfast - it was milk. I was not a morning person at that point. Viru would come to my house early and wake me up. When I was 17-18 years old, I didn't like milk, but Viru was a big fan of it. My parents would offer him milk. And he would have my glass, too. By the time we reached Feroz Shah Kotla, Viru would have had one litre of milk. I would have the fried breakfast served at the ground."

Nehra is not on social media but he admitted he found Sehwag's tweets funny and has a laugh after hearing of his former teammate's latest antics.

"Honestly, I am not aware. I hear it from other people and I just have a laugh. I know that he is going strong on social media and Hindi commentary. But I am not on any social media. Forget tweets, I don't even send emails. When chartered accountants and lawyers are home, I am not in that room. I ask my wife to deal with them."

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