“Nehra ji is an inspiration,” says his former teammate VVS Laxman who was also the mentor of newly crowned Indian Premier League champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.The 37-year-old fast bowler was missing in the Sunrisers camp at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday when his teammates were basking in glory after clinching their maiden IPL title. (Watch! Yuvraj Singh celebrates with Hazel Keech after Sunrisers Hyderabad lift maiden IPL title) Nehra pulled out of the tournament after he suffered a leg injury during Sunrisers’ game against Kings XI Punjab on May 15. Notably, the veteran pacer missed four matches in the first half of the season owing to groin injury. ‘GREAT LEADER WITHIN THE GROUP’Nevertheless, Nehra, who had spearheaded the most lethal bowling attack of the tournament, was treated with a warm tribute from the team mentor. (Five reasons why RCB lost IPL 2016 final)Laxman shed light on how important Nehra’s contribution was to the team during their title winning campaign. “I was in touch with him before coming to the ground. He is an important part of the Sunrisers family.”He is not only a senior player, but also a great leader within the group. Nehraji is an inspiration,” Laxman told iplt20.com.Nehra ji had a successful operation last night in London.Wishing him a speedy recovery???@BCCI @SunRisers #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/ueOpx7e7Fv VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 25, 2016’ROLE MODEL TO YOUNGSTERS’Laxman heaped praise on the pacer saying he was a role model for youngsters in the team. Nehra did his job whenever he wore the orange jersey taking nine wickets at an average of 22.11. (Also read: India’s future safe in Virat Kohli’s hands, says Warner)advertisement”To make a comeback at this age and do well for the Indian team and now for Sunrisers, you are a role model to a lot of youngsters and I’m sure a lot of them would learn from your story.”‘THIS ONE IS FOR YOU, NEHRA JI’Also, Yuvraj SIngh, who went berserk after clinching his maiden IPL title, took to Instagram to acknowledge Nehra’s contribution. “This one for you Nehra ji we miss you!,” the all-rounder wrote.Sunrisers’ pace battery garnered a lot of attention during the season which saw the likes of Virat Kohli and David Warner make merry. The small-sized grounds and flat decks did not stop the SRH bowlers from making a big impact. NEHRA 2.0 – LEADER, MENTORBhuvneshwar Kumar took over the responsibility of leading the attack after Nehra bowed out and went to become the highest wicket-taker in the season with 23 victims under his belt. The Purple Cap holder also credited Nehra saying the tips he got from the veteran seamer helped him outsmart batsmen.”When you are bowling together there are little things, like how you set the field, what is the strength of which batsman and so how do you bluff him – little things like that which he talked about which has helped,” Bhuvneshwar had said.Since making is comeback for Team India earlier this year Nehra picked 18 wickets and emerged as one of the most economical T20 bowlers across the Australia tour, Asia Cup T20 and the ICC World T20. Nehra also impressed with his ability to mentor youngsters. Before Bhuvneshwar, it was Jasprit Bumrah, who got the opportunity to rub shoulders with the skilful bowler.Nehra would be hoping he recovers quickly and continues his succesful second innings which started when he finished fourth on the wicket-takers list in season 8 with the Chennai Super Kings.