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Ashish Nehra backs mushrooming of T20 leagues

Ashish Nehra Sunrisers Hyderabad
Ashish Nehra. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Ashish Nehra had a great comeback into international colors as he played his part in India’s run in the World T20. He continued his form in the IPL 2016, but was injured in the later stages of the tournament and had undergone a knee surgery.

At the launch of TNPL team, Chepauk Super Gillies on Sunday, he spoke about the importance of Twenty20 leagues, his rehabilitation, and his new acquisition. Speaking about his rehabilitation, he said, “I am currently undergoing my rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru and have started my running and other training activities.”

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Injuries have always been with him, which also had played badly in his international career as he said that “injuries are part and parcel of the game.”

“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,” he added.

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There have been quite a few new T20 leagues mushrooming all over the country, in the likes of TNPL, KPL and much more. He said that these leagues will provide an opportunity to the youngsters to play alongside seasoned campaigners which will ultimately improve their game. “Those who do well in TNPL could get an opportunity in bigger leagues and make the next grade, which is playing for Tamil Nadu or even for the national side,” he added.

IPL brought my confidence back:

He pointed out the importance of IPL, saying that IPL helps to give confidence to the cricketers as he feels that IPL has brought his 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,” he explained.

On a lighter note, he revealed that he is no more using the Nokia 1100 phone, as he got an i-phone now. “I have got an I-phone and the new thing I have learned is WhatsApp – that’s as far as I have gone. I still don’t know how to send an e-mail but yes, I know how to send messages on WhatsApp,” he concluded.

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