Ashish Nehra aims to be fit before the series against England in early 2017

Ashish Nehra aims to be fit before the series against England in early 2017

Ashish Nehra Team India Wicket celebrations
Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra (C). AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Ashish Nehra and his unbreakable desire to keep playing has made the left-arm pacer aim for yet another comeback to the national setup. The 37-year-old made a very successful comeback earlier his year before being forced out of the team due to medical issues.

“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 told The Times of India.

Nehra was brought back to the team for the T20Is in Australia at the start of 2016 and played for India in the shortest format until the World T20. He also played a major role Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL before picking up an injury that has kept him out of action for the rest of the year.

But now the Delhi cricketer is eyeing another run with the side and hopes to play in the limited-overs series against England early next year and added that he would also like to be a part of the ODI setup.

“My next goal is to achieve full fitness by January next year before the ODI and T20 series against England.

“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.

At this stage of his career, it is hard to imagine Nehra continuing to play for India for a long time and he admitted that he was looking at short-term goals and added that he was willing to guide the upcoming crop of fast bowlers as well, if needed.

“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,” he said.