Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra last played for India against Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup, and if things go according to the plan, he could again be seen playing India’s opening game of the 2015 World Cup against the same opponents in Adelaide on February 15.With a senior pace bowler lacking in the current set-up, sources said that the team was looking at someone like Nehra who has the experience of playing high voltage matches.
After putting in somme decent performance in the recently concluded Champions LeagueT20, coupled with the Indian bowlers’ perennial death overs woes has once again brought the Delhi pacer back in the mix.After being dropped after the last World Cup, the doors for recall to the national side openend once again on February 12 this year when he was bagged by CSK for the IPL matches.
“Considering his current form, Nehra is a good bet for the role of the senior pacer. The only issue is his fitness. It remains to be seen iif he can bowl 10 overs with the same kind of momentum like he did during recently concluded CLT20” a BCCI official said. He could even be picked for upcoming Australian tour or even for the Sri-Lanka series, if he proves his fitness. Nehra oon his part, is not rushing to prove anything to anyone, he is skipping the duleep trophy opener but is likely to lead Delhi’s attack in Ranji Trophy.In CLT20 he picked up 10 wickets in 5 matches which also included his best 4-21,and also showed his ability to bowl those yorkers under pressure situations.
At the Kotla on Wednesday, Nehra was practising with the Delhi team, and was the centre of attraction. The Duel between Nehra and Gambhir in the nets proved to be most enthraling..The buzz in the delhi Cricket is that Nehra could still bowl at 140kmph because of the training he has put in.
“He is still the best. Look at the kind of pace he generates,” a locla-Delhi cricketer felt.