Indian pacer Ashish Nehra’s career has been nothing short of a dramatic Bollywood movie. The left arm pacer, after being ignored for ages, made a stunning comeback for India earlier this year in the 3 match T20I series in Australia. That was followed by exceptional outings till the semi final of the ICC World T20 2016. However, a knee injury cut short his stint and now, he is on the road to recovery.
On the sidelines of an event, Nehra spoke about his recovery and was optimistic.
Below, are the excerpts.
His rehabilitation program so far…
I was in London for about two-and-half months after my knee surgery and came back to India a couple of weeks ago. I am currently undergoing my rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and have started my running and other training activities.
Ways for a player to remain injury resistant…
Injuries are part and parcel of the game, and as a fast bowler, I have unfortunately suffered so many of them. It all boils down to how a particular player handles his injuries. When I was 17 or 18, we didn’t have the kind of facilities which are available today. Players these days are more aware of their body and there are physios available to help which is a big plus.
The significance of IPL in his career…
When you do well on a platform as big as the IPL, you are bound to get noticed and that’s what happened to me as well. There are so many international players who may lack confidence but when they play well in IPL. they revel in it. IPL brought my confidence back. Take the case of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He wasn’t bowling at his peak last year but this season for Sunrisers Hyderabad, he bowled well consistently and that helped him regain his confidence.
Why T20’s can be a learning experience?
Twenty20 is a fast format and as a bowler, you are always under pressure. One has to be smart enough as these leagues provide a great opportunity to showcase your skills. These days I see many coaches telling their wards to learn and then play. I believe it should be the other way round, whether you are 20 or 30, the learning process should never stop.The more you play, the more you learn.