Ashish Nehra has seen several ups and downs in his career. The man was out of the national team for four years after we won the 2011 World Cup and made a direct comeback to the T20 team at an age when he was in his 30’s. He is a strong advocate of one’s performance on the field and says that age should never be a factor used to judge a player’s performance.
Today, at 37, Nehra is still an integral part of the national squad, in all formats of the game.
In a recent interview with PTI, the paceman spoke how he still considers himself a fast bowler and sets himself a target of bowling at 138 kmph with the new ball.
“Speed is not everything but if need be I can crank it upto 140 plus in T20s also,” he was quoted.
Speaking of if skipper Kohli wants him in the team as much as Ganguly or Dhoni do. “If anyone says that he doesn’t feel pressure at international level is lying. But at this stage of my career more than pressure, I feel a sense of responsibility as a senior cricketer, to help young bowlers with inputs.”
He then added that his actual role in the team is to bring calmness on field and said ex-skipper Dhoni shares the same responsibility. “Me and MS are two guys from different age groups. Our job is to bring a sense of calmness, our experience in this team,” he said.
However, it was only after this statement that Nehra spoke of his plans for the next World Cup and admitted to knowing that he will not make that far. “2019 is too far away and I can’t play that far at my age even though I never planned when I was young.”
Surprisingly, the man included MS Dhoni’s name again and said, “Even MS Dhoni who is two years younger to me may not be thinking that far ahead.”
He then went on to praise Dhoni’s level of robustness and said, “MS Dhoni’s cricket fitness is amazing.”
And while it is Nehra’s personal opinion about Dhoni, skipper Kohli still consider him to be an integral part of the team and would want to him to be in the next World Cup team. What say?
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