Fit again Ashish Nehra set to stage a comeback
Updated - Dec 26, 2016 4:41 pm
Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is all set to make a comeback to the national side. As per the recent reports in the India Today, the 37-year-old lanky paceman is fit and raring to go. Ever since staging his comeback at the age of 36 last year, Nehra was a key member of the team. However, the injury plagued career of the Delhi pacer continued to haunt him. During the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Nehra had to bow out midway through the tournament.
He missed out in the first few fixtures of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL this year due to a hamstring injury. However, after having played a handful of matches, he felt the pain again. This time, the situation was worse. He had to walk out midway in the match and was subsequently ruled out of the IPL this year. Prior to that, Nehra was an instrumental part of the Indian bowling attack that won the Asia Cup T20 and had whitewashed Australia in T20I series down under.
He bowled with rigour and was the spearhead of the Indian bowling in the World T20 as well. Now after having spent 6 months out of action, the veteran pacer is fit again. He worked hard and trained under the experienced Delhi coach Tarak Sinha. Feeling match fit again, Ashish Nehra is now vying a spot in the Indian squad for the ODI and T20I series against England.
As per the reports, Nehra will most likely get his chance to prove his mettle and match fitness in the practice games before the series. England will play two practice matches and Nehra is expected to bowl against the visitors. India are scheduled to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against England in January 2017.
The first ODI will be played in Pune. Ashish Nehra last played in the Indian colors in the semi-finals of the ICC World T20 earlier this year against West Indies. Subsequently, there were news of Nehra being offered the role of the bowling coach of the national side. However, he had reportedly turned down the offer. At a young age of 37, Nehra is now all set to make yet another comeback in international cricket.