Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is currently focusing on the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.
Last time Nehra had represented his country in the semi-final of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. After that, he was out from the Indian squad due to injury. Recently, he was selected in the T20I squad for the Australian tour.
Nehra told ESPNCricinfo, “I was surprised when they were not picking me for the last 2-3 years to be honest. Better late than never, hopefully, I can do well, I am just working hard.”
The 37-years old injury-prone Delhi pacer admitted that it was difficult to motivate himself but he never give up his hope for the comeback. The left-arm pacer said, “I have always worked hard to play international cricket. Once you have been there, you know how much pleasure you get playing for India. There were times when it was very difficult for me to motivate myself, despite not being picked, to go to the gym or ground and train. It was difficult.”
Nehra believes that his comeback story can help to motivate to the youngsters. He said, “I made my debut 17 years ago. In the sub-continent, somebody like me, who has had so many injuries, undergone 10-12 surgeries, still standing there and playing the fastest format of all, it has taught me something which I can pass on to the youngsters and give my experience.”
Nehra does not believe that the T20 cricket is only for the youngsters. He commented, “People say T20 is a young man’s game, all those theories I don’t believe in. Age is just a number for me. If you can keep yourself fit, you can keep playing.You have to be on top of your game, especially as a bowler and the kind of job I do, bowling 2-3 of the first six overs and one or two in the last four. In the sub-continent or outside also these days, wickets will be flat. You have to physically fit and mentally strong, especially as a bowler.”
Nehra also said that the team has to choose 5-6 bowlers in the limited-over cricket. He said, “For ODIs and T20s, you have to choose your 5-6 bowlers, that these are the guys we are going to back. I know it is very difficult sometimes for the captain and selectors; sometimes when you lose series you are picking different bowlers and nobody settles in.”
Ashish Nehra has represented the country in 8 T20Is along with 120 ODIs and 17 Test matches.