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Ashish Nehra Says He Can Play for 'Another Couple of Years'

Cricketnext | Updated: October 8, 2017, 8:03 AM IST
Ashish Nehra Says He Can Play for 'Another Couple of Years'

Ashish Nehra has been included in the Indian team for the T20 series against Australia (AFP Photo)

New Delhi: Ashish Nehra has been in news ever since he made it to the Indian squad for the T20I series against Australia. It is no secret that the 38-year-old has missed a sizable amount of matches in his 19 year career, due to injuries. But now, the fully-fit pacer wants to prolong his career at least by two years.

After suffering a hamstring injury during the IPL, Nehra could be a part of the 1st T20I at Ranchi, on Saturday.

“The only one thing that I'm not happy is my body,” Nehra was quoted by ESPNCricinfo. “I can play for another couple of years but it isn’t easy for a fast bowler at 38-39, especially considering the state of my body. But I am just trying my level best.”

"At times when I wake up, especially in the winter in Delhi, my knees are so sore, it is half an hour before I can even leave my bed and am able to walk,” added Nehra.

“I have had four surgeries in my ankle, plus my knee is always sore. But again, after half an hour so I say it to myself that I have to do it. I am the kind of person that if I decide [I’ll do] something, I have to do it,” he said. “There’s no rocket science to this. You have to give 3-4 hours of the day to your body, definitely you will get the result. Some may get it later, but in the end, you will.”

Nehra laments the fact that he has had to miss a lot matches owing to injuries. “When you are young you don’t understand these things, you don’t understand the value of playing for India. In the last 7-8 years I missed so much cricket, maybe you can say I am trying to catch that up,” he said.

“You can never go back, but for the last 4-5 years I am pushing myself and I am getting the results,” said Nehra. “ My body has let me down, that’s why I am so upset with my body at times. I am a firm believer that if my body is okay I can still play and deliver. That’s why I am always aware of my body.”

The pacer said one of the reasons he has been able to return to cricket is because he works really hard on his conditioning.

“I am someone who always prepares,” he explained. “Even if no one is there at the ground, I practice. I just need a wicketkeeper who can take my balls. I bowl a lot at a single wicket, I put pressure on myself. After bowling I will do some fielding. My practice sessions are not too long, they are an hour and a half to two hours. But I keep that intensity going so when I play the game I don’t feel sore.”

Playing XIs:

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia Playing XI: David Warner(c), Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Daniel Christian, Tim Paine(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff
First Published: October 8, 2017, 7:56 AM IST

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