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Five unsung heroes that help their teams #ClingOnToVictory

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 06:42 IST

The key to victory for any team is to have all of its players make a significant contribution to the cause. Some players are stars, the flashy ones that have the limelight all over them. The likes of Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle and so on have tremendous amount of hopes placed on their shoulders whenever they are out on the field.

But there are other players who go about quietly while doing their jobs.

In football, most holding midfielders play this role. While the media go crazy about Lionel Messi or Neymar, few outlets react the same way to Sergio Busquets’ incredibly intelligent ways on the pitch.

Similarly, there are some players like that in cricket. Players who always lurk in the shadows, the unsung heroes, and set their teams up to cling on to victory. Castrol Activ’s Actibonds help cling on to the engine and help the vehicle perform better. In the same way, these individuals inspired their team from led them to wins.

#1 Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra

When he was called up for the 2016 T20 World Cup, many ridiculed the decision. The internet was flooded with trolls deriding the decision. However, Ashish Nehra had the last laugh.

While Jasprit Bumrah has been the center of attention for his spectacular death bowling, Ashish Nehra has done a fine job giving the youngster the support he needs. As a senior, he was also seen giving him advice. Indeed, in the game against Bangladesh, Dhoni was seen taking Nehra’s advice regarding field placing and it was Nehra's wise words which inspired Hardik Pandya to bowl India to victory.

He is having a fine tournament thus far, having picked up a wicket each in all three encounters as well as giving away only 69 runs in the three games combined, nothing out-of-this world flashy—but that is not why he is in the team anyway.

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