On 26th February 2003, Ashish Nehra produced the best performance by an Indian bowler in a World Cup game, picking up 6/23 against England under the lights at Kingsmead.
Battling through a swollen ankle, 23-year-old Ashish Nehra showcased an exhibition of fast bowling in the 2003 World Cup group stage game against England in Durban.
On winning the toss, India posted 250 on the board in their 50 overs, with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid scoring half-centuries. Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan provided the early breakthroughs, reducing England to 18/2. Ashish Nehra was introduced into the attack in the 13th over, and he bowled his full quota of 10 overs in one spell!
And why wouldn’t you as a captain – when a bowler is giving the performance of his life. The 23-year-old ran through the opposition with lethal pace, probing line and immaculate length, assisted by some good slip catching. Nehra conceded just 23 runs, consumed half a banana, vomited it and picked up six England wickets in his dream spell, registering the best ever figures by an Indian bowler in a World Cup game.
India went on to win the game by 82 runs and qualified for the Super Sixes stage in the World Cup.