Time and again Ashish Nehra has proved that age is just a number of him. The veteran pacer made a comeback to the Indian team earlier this year after a long wait of five years and hit the ground running straight away.
But injury has always been a nemesis for him and it halted his stunning comeback this time too as he had to go under the knife twice for his injured knee and hamstring after the IPL. Matters deteriorated for him after suffering from ‘chikungunya’. However, all the setbacks have not demotivated him and he is excited like ever to return to action.
Speaking to the Times of India, the 37-year old pacer said that he is recovering well after the surgeries.
“After my two recent surgeries, I was recuperating well and training at the National Cricket Academy when chikungunya struck. I somehow managed to fly back from Bangalore to Delhi in August.
“The month of September was very painful due to pain in joints. But now I am on the recovery path. I have started to train and would be spending November and December in becoming match fit,” Nehra said.
The left-arm pacer is not setting a long term goal and is currently aiming to make a comeback in the limited-overs series against England next year in January.
My next goal is to achieve full fitness by January next year before the ODI and T20 series against England.
The pacer was picked only for the T20 matches but insisted that he is ready for 50-overs cricket too.
“I have been playing T20 cricket but am also ready for ODI cricket if the team feels that my services are needed. Thereafter, my next mission would be to play in the IPL 2017 after a few months of training,” Nehra said.
Talking about his recent condition, he said that he is feeling well now and is gearing up to bowl after Diwali.
“I have been training for a while and certainly feeling better right now after the bout of chikungunya. I would be starting to bowl again after Diwali and keep working on my fitness till the England series,” he said.
During the summer, there were speculations that the pacer might be appointed next bowling coach for India. When asked whether he was contemplating the idea of retiring soon, he said:“Right now, I am enjoying the game and happy with the way I have progressed after two surgeries. I am working hard on my fitness and want to make a comeback for sure. But as I said earlier, I only talk about my short-term goals. If the team and selectors feel I am good enough to serve the country and also help the young bowlers, I am ready to do so.”