Ashish Nehra will miss next two matches of IPL as he suffered a groin injury. He missed the first match against Bangalore.
Nehra has come to play after the World T20. Nehra, 37, was India’s bowling spearhead during the world t20.
He was called by the BCCI selectors for the world T20 with Mohammad Shami is injured. Nehra bowled really well against West Indies in the semifinal.
He made his international debut in 1999, but long injury lay off ruined his career. His best career moment his 2003 World Cup when his sheer pace troubled England batsmen. But,a long injury lay off put him out of cricket. He was recalled for Pakistan Test series, but could not do much as various injury forced him to tale rest.
In early 2016, he was recalled for Indian T20 squad because he performed well in IPL. Destiny couldn’t have chosen a more opportune time for the veteran left-arm pacer’s return to India colours. His comeback to T20I set-up has been backed by the trust of captain MS Dhoni, who said Nehra “executed his plans well” in a period where India have “struggled consistently”. That should get the bidders going.
“I am not somebody who is working hard to play just domestic cricket or IPL. I always train or work hard to play international cricket. That’s how you make a comeback.”
The answer made heads turn, and he continued.
“It’s very difficult for me to pinpoint one thing that I am grateful to. But definitely, my main motto was just to keep working hard.
“I am doing whatever is supposed to be done. I always love to be among the top two bowlers in the team who can bowl up front and bowl at the death. Till the time I am doing that, I am really happy,” the man from Delhi said.
After losing to New Zealand in the Super-10 opener, every game has become a must-win for India to reach the semis – more so because of the defeat margin of 47 runs that left a big dent on India’s net run-rate (-0.895).
India are currently No. 4 in the points table, equal on points (2) with Pakistan and Australia but behind both of them on net run-rate.
Nehra said while the team is aware of the job at hand, it’s important to look at one game at a time.
“We are aware of that, but before we worry about the net run-rate, we have to win. Everybody knows every game is important. That game [to address net run-rate] will come in Mohali against Australia, that’s the fourth game. We are taking one game at a time. We are not thinking too far ahead,” he said.