38-year-old veteran pace bowler Ashish Nehra played his last T20I for India in February this year against England before his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. After some impressive performances during the IPL, Nehra was in contention for a spot in the Indian ODI team which travelled to England for the ICC Champions Trophy. The pacer is high on self confidence as was evident in his recent interview, where he said that it is news when he does well and even bigger news when he doesn’t.
The left-arm pacer has been recalled into the Indian T20 side for the three-match series against Australia starting on the 7th of October. In the interview, Nehra revealed that he had been working hard on his fitness so he can continue to bowl at nearly 140 km/hr. The pacer also said that he was looking forward to bowling alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, and that he was not currently setting any long term goals.
With 34 wickets in his 26 T20Is for India, Ashish Nehra is still one of India’s best bowlers in the shorter format. According to Nehra, his dismissive attitude towards his cynics has held him in good stead – because he believes that if the captain and team management are aware of his abilities, that is sufficient for him.
‘Nehraji’ as he’s fondly called by his fans and team-mates alike, freely admits that isn’t on social media, and wouldn’t want to be politically correct in whatever he says or does. In a recent talk show, Nehra said that he’s had 12 surgeries during his long career and puts in a lot of effort to stay fit. It will be interesting to see what he can come up with against Australia in the upcoming series because it will perhaps determine whether or not Nehraji will play for India again. Having seen the relentless warhorse’s career though, it wouldn’t surprise a lot of people if he goes on to play the World T20 in 2020.
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