Ashish Nehra was my idol - Wayne Parnell

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You batted quite well in Jaipur

In my younger days I actually batted fourth, playing in under-19 cricket and in the school and provincial level.
Then, obviously, my left arm seam bowling took over and now I am playing more as a bowler.
But I have been working hard with my batting, and at present Kepler (Wessels) and Corrie (Van Zyl) are guiding me.
And when I get an opportunity to show the world I can deliver with the bat as well, I try to do so.


You became part of the South African team at an early age. Did you expect the national call up to happen so fast?
Not really. I wasn't expecting to be playing in international cricket at this age. I had just thought of playing in under-19 level and then at the club level and, hopefully, making it to the national team.
I think it was about 12 months after the under-19 World Cup that I got my first national call for the tour to Australia [ Images ]. It has just rocketed from there and, hopefully, it's a long way to go.
It's obviously a massive occasion to have played my first game in Australia, against the best, and also winning. It was pretty nice.


Your place in the ODI and T20 squad is more of a certainty. But with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel leading the South African attack in the Test side, what role do you see yourself playing?

Obviously, Steyn and Morne have been bowling well, especially for the past few months or so. I think my role will change from time to time, depending on the surface, depending on the situation in the game. It is up to me to adapt to that quickly.


There will be a time when Morne Morkel and you will battle for the same slot (at least in the Tests)…
It's tough being mates and competing for the same spot in the team. We started out some time back. He was obviously picked first and did well. Then I came in and did pretty well.
But friendship lasts for a life. A cricket career lasts for 10-12 years and then you need your friends. So we have stayed mates throughout and will obviously support each other in the future too. And that is the way it should be.


Tell us about your experience of playing County cricket at Kent?
It was good. I was playing with some experienced guys over in England and obviously learning about Test cricket.
Just talking to guys like Robert Key, who has played Test cricket for England, and Martin van Jaarsveld, who has played Tests for South Africa, helped me do well and improve.
Also, playing in different conditions helped my game a lot.


Coming to the Indian Premier League, did you expect such a good deal?

No, I actually I didn't expect it. I was actually flying to Cape Town that morning when that auction was on, and when I got down from the plane and switched on my mobile, I saw a lot of messages from various people telling me that I have been signed up by the Delhi Daredevils.
I am really excited to be part of the IPL. Hopefully, I will do well for Delhi.


Do you have any idol, any role model?

In the early part of my career I enjoyed watching Ashish Nehra play. I can remember, in Port Elizabeth at St George's Park, during the 2003 World Cup, I went to watch him play and he bowled beautifully.

Now it's weird because he is in the Delhi Daredevils IPL team and also in the Indian team. So I play both against him as well as with him.
But he was probably a role model early on, as he is also a left-arm bowler.


Finally, what keeps you occupied when you aren't playing?
Away from cricket, I just like to relax. Facebook is the main thing I do. And , obviously, listen to music.

http://cricket.rediff.com/interview/2010/feb/26/wayne-parnell-south-africa-seam-bowler.htm
 
Sorry Mr Parnell, times have changed and tables have turned around.
I am pretty sure YOU are Ashish Nehra's idol now.
 
Oh my.. God, I actually lol'd at the title. Its no surprise then that his career economy rate is 6.35 in ODIs, learnt from the best. :)))
 
hahahahaha.. no wonder wayne parnell is gettin pwnd in international cricket.. he's followin in the wrong footsteps
 
LOL! :)))

I read the title and thought this was a spoof... can't believe its actually true and the date isn't 1st April either! :))

Of all the left-armers in the world to follow....Nehra!!!!!

Its like a young left-hander saying "Imran Farhat was my batting idol"....
 
:)))

That one cracked me up.

Sounds absurd. But it's funny at the same time.

Didn't someone on PP once start a thread about how Nehra was the best bowler in the world?
 
Garuda said:
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Ashish, slap yourself. Yes, you are not dreaming. :akhtar


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Nehra would be framing this interview on his living room wall.
 
giri26 said:
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Nehra would be framing this interview on his living room wall.

He is gonna paste it behind his kit next match.

Saala mein tho idol ban gaya, Idol banke kaite tan gaya
Ke yorker mera dekho, ke run up mera dekho
Jaise batak koi taalaab ka.....
 
I wonder who Morne Morkel's hero was... Venkatesh Prasad?! :))
 
Nehra was probably standing behind Parnell with a gun when the question was asked.
 
man this was a tactic to get sympathy votes in india, you know he would have won many RSS & BJP fans just because his idol was not a Pakistani :D
 
Zaheer and srinath aside indian pacers has sucked big time over last couple of decades.
 
Gobsmacked!

Like the rest of you lost for words really.
 
to be fair , Nehra bowled really well in a couple of matches at the WC 03 .Dont think it was role-model stuff though :|
 
Parnell ment waqar or wasim...i think it was a typo or both of them are drunk otherwise the writer should have putten a question mark at then end of asish nehra
 
Inziquicksingle said:
LOL it's more amazing because a certain Wasim Akram played in that 2003 WC as well.

Zaheer Khan was there too.

A pity that Alan Mulally didn't make it there, Parnell might have changed his mind.
 
Parnell couldn't have picked a better idol than Nehra. I also expect Nehra to take over as the fastest bowler, and fittingly so.
 
Parnell's figure in the 2nd ODI also show that he is certainly following in the footsteps of his idol

Figures of 2-95 in his 10 overs. Doesn't get any better than that
 
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no wonder why Parnell bowled so bad in the last game
 
Kriketer said:
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no wonder why Parnell bowled so bad in the last game

I think he got tonked around, because he was having orgasm knowing nehra is with in his reach. :))) :))) :)))
 
funniest thing i have heard in a while. thank you Mr. Parnell for the laughs.

keep on watching Nehra bowl and keep learning
 
Ashish Nehra has arrived. what a bowler!!!!
let he continuously inspires future generation of bowlers :14: :14: :14:
 
I don't know who to feel bad for, Parnell or Nehra.

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malikvslee said:
if hes idol of nahra than im im idol of sree lolz
no thats me, check my avatar

aye but seriously nehra?

I think parnell is trying to mock nehra.........maybe recently he had a quarrel with nehra, and decided to mock at him like this
 
cricket_fever said:
no thats me, check my avatar

aye but seriously nehra?

I think parnell is trying to mock nehra.........maybe recently he had a quarrel with nehra, and decided to mock at him like this
nope parnell was serious :))

i dint think even any aspiring indian bowler aims to be nehra :)))

me thinks its more to do with that spell parnell must have watched him bowling to england
if anybody without any background on nehra watched that spell he would have concluded nehra was one of the worlds best. That spell was fabo of course there was nothing before and after that :))
 
cricket_fever said:
no thats me, check my avatar

aye but seriously nehra?

I think parnell is trying to mock nehra.........maybe recently he had a quarrel with nehra, and decided to mock at him like this

another idol of sree
 
Cant see him becoming a great bowler.
Does he really know anything about cricket?

jeez southafricans are weird
 
May he thought reporter is asking about whom he thinks a "Idle bowler".
 
Forget the "Left-Hand of God".

Ashish Nehra is the new poster-boy for left armers.

Lol. I never thought I'd live to see this day.

This man was being tonked around by the local cricket club circuit in Sydney a few years back.
 
Parnell has lost any respect he had in my eyes...

I mean is he on drugs latley??????????

ASHISH NEHRA ..hahah what a joke..............
 
Please don't play the 'rested' card, Parnell has done nothing of note on this tour, he has gone for plenty in the tests and ODIs. Tendulkar has been given a break, Wayne has been given the chop.
 
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Ok calm down Mohsin, calm down...


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I cant breath...I CANT BREATH!

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At first I didnt laugh when I read the title coz I didnt take it seriously but when I read the article...Hhehehehha

OMG Parnell,And I thought you were seriously talented and probably looked up to the likes of Waqar.

No wonder he got thrashed :p :))
 
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Hmm, so a young South African fast bowler is looking for an idol. Where does such a person seek inspiration. I suppose Alan Donald, Mahkaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn would be obvious choices. But no, he doesn't opt for these guys.

Who else? Well seeing as he grew up in the 1990s, he had a vast array of talent to idolise. There was Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh of the West Indies. There was Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib of Pakistan. There was MacGrath, Gillespie and Lee of Australia. Heck, there was even Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka.

So many great players to choose from, choosing an idol from this lot is a tough task. All the testimonials to the talents of these men, all the stats, its enough to confuse anyone.

Sadly, I think this is exactly what's happened to young Mr. Parnell, he got confused. The end result of this confusion:

"The Great Ashish Nehra is my idol". Poor kid.

I really hope this confusion doesn't affect any more young kids. Can you imagine if Kemar Roach came out and said that 'Abdur Rauf is my idol' or if Umar Akmal declares that Taibu Tatenda is his boyhood hero.

Cricket boards around the world need to tackle this potentially dangerous issue which is threatening the future of cricket. I recommend the immediate launch of an 'Idol Selection Programme' to help these confused kids before this afflication spreads any further.
 
sa88 said:
Hmm, so a young South African fast bowler is looking for an idol. Where does such a person seek inspiration. I suppose Alan Donald, Mahkaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn would be obvious choices. But no, he doesn't opt for these guys.

Who else? Well seeing as he grew up in the 1990s, he had a vast array of talent to idolise. There was Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh of the West Indies. There was Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib of Pakistan. There was MacGrath, Gillespie and Lee of Australia. Heck, there was even Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka.

So many great players to choose from, choosing an idol from this lot is a tough task. All the testimonials to the talents of these men, all the stats, its enough to confuse anyone.

Sadly, I think this is exactly what's happened to young Mr. Parnell, he got confused. The end result of this confusion:

"The Great Ashish Nehra is my idol". Poor kid.

I really hope this confusion doesn't affect any more young kids. Can you imagine if Kemar Roach came out and said that 'Abdur Rauf is my idol' or if Umar Akmal declares that Taibu Tatenda is his boyhood hero.

Cricket boards around the world need to tackle this potentially dangerous issue which is threatening the future of cricket. I recommend the immediate launch of an 'Idol Selection Programme' to help these confused kids before this afflication spreads any further.
lol, if they said that, and i was the pcb chairperson i would have seen to it that they get to see a psychiatrist immediately
 
sa88 said:
Hmm, so a young South African fast bowler is looking for an idol. Where does such a person seek inspiration. I suppose Alan Donald, Mahkaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock and Dale Steyn would be obvious choices. But no, he doesn't opt for these guys.

Who else? Well seeing as he grew up in the 1990s, he had a vast array of talent to idolise. There was Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh of the West Indies. There was Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib of Pakistan. There was MacGrath, Gillespie and Lee of Australia. Heck, there was even Chaminda Vaas of Sri Lanka.

So many great players to choose from, choosing an idol from this lot is a tough task. All the testimonials to the talents of these men, all the stats, its enough to confuse anyone.

Sadly, I think this is exactly what's happened to young Mr. Parnell, he got confused. The end result of this confusion:

"The Great Ashish Nehra is my idol". Poor kid.

I really hope this confusion doesn't affect any more young kids. Can you imagine if Kemar Roach came out and said that 'Abdur Rauf is my idol' or if Umar Akmal declares that Taibu Tatenda is his boyhood hero.

Cricket boards around the world need to tackle this potentially dangerous issue which is threatening the future of cricket. I recommend the immediate launch of an 'Idol Selection Programme' to help these confused kids before this afflication spreads any further.
POTW :D
 
To his credit, Nehra bowled very well in the 2003 World Cup. I don't see nothing wrong in having Nehra as a hero, everyone has different heroes.
 
Lance Klusener bowled well in the 1999 World Cup, I'm guessing we'll be expecting Dale Steyn to be citing him as his hero too.
 
Must be the weirdest selection of a role model ive ever heard of!
 
Indian fast bowling Role model for their youngsters

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I think you've all just misunderstood Parnell. Parnell said:

"In my younger days I actually batted fourth, playing in under-19 cricket and in the school and provincial level."

Then he said "In the early part of my career I enjoyed watching Ashish Nehra".

So basically Parnell was a batsman in the early part of his career and as a batsman he really enjoyed watching Nehra being plonked to all parts of the ground. :)))
 
Classic!

Sucking up too Indians much? IPL money! Hilarious, at least choose sriginath or zaheer or something!
 
Rickz said:
To his credit, Nehra bowled very well in the 2003 World Cup. I don't see nothing wrong in having Nehra as a hero, everyone has different heroes.

Let me know how you react when an Indian batsman says his role model is Salman Butt. :)))
 
Hey lay off butt!

At least he has performed well on recent times, our dear friend ashish has not.

LOL! Just hard to process this. Why Parnell?????
 
What an amazing bump:)):)):)):)))!!!!
 
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