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‘Ashish Nehra’s expiry date can create a world record,’ tweet cricket fans

Ashish Nehra’s return to the Indian cricket team for the three-match T20 series against Australia have evoked some mixed reactions

india vs australia 2017 Updated: Oct 02, 2017 15:32 IST
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Virat Kohli talks with Ashish Nehra during the 2nd T20 between India and England at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on January 29, 2017. Nehra has been picked for the three T20s versus Australia starting October 7
Virat Kohli talks with Ashish Nehra during the 2nd T20 between India and England at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on January 29, 2017. Nehra has been picked for the three T20s versus Australia starting October 7(BCCI)

Ashish Nehra’s has been recalled to the Indian cricket team for the T20 series against Australia starting October 7. The veteran left-arm pacer last played for India in February against England before missing the T20 series against the West Indies and the Sri Lankans. (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA FULL COVERAGE)

The return of the injury-prone 38-year-old Delhi star has evoked mixed reactions. At a time when the emphasis has been on the young, the choice of Ashish Nehra has baffled quite a few. At this rate, will Indian selectors recall Ajit Agarkar, joked a cricket fan on Twitter.

According to PTI, Nehra was picked because he can be a deadly weapon if “fit”.

The agency has quoted a Board of Control for Cricket in India source, saying: “Ashish if fit was due for a comeback as and when there would have been a three match T20 series. There isn’t anyone craftier than Ashish and when it comes to his selection, it’s about fitness and not form. Check records, Ashish has never been dropped because of poor form.”

Having walloped Australia 4-1 in the ODIs, India will have their tails up when the three-match T20 series starts in Ranchi on October 7. Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar form a telling troika backed by the young spin twins, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Ashish Nehra (L) and Jasprit Bumrah will make a telling combination for the Indian T20 cricket team. (REUTERS)

Ashish Nehra’s longevity in cricket has been an ‘inspiration’ said a cricket fan but another has reacted to a report saying that 30-year-old Suresh Raina, a limited overs cricket specialist, failed to make the cut for failing a fitness test.

If Suresh Raina fails a test, how come Nehra passes it? Reports also suggest that bowlers like Amit Mishra were unfit for selection.

Nehra’s career has been hindered by injuries. Sunrisers Hyderabad missed him during a crucial stage of the IPL this year. Ashish Nehra played six matches for SRH and his best return was a 3 for 42 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on April 28.

Against England in February, Nehra went wicketless at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. His three overs cost 24 runs. India won by 75 runs after Chahal took six and Bumrah three.

In the current squad, Ashish Nehra will be the longest serving Indian cricketer, having made his international (Test) debut in 1998-99. Nehra played his first ODI in 2001 and took one wicket on his T20 debut versus Sri Lanka in December 2009.

One of Sourav Ganguly’s favourite bowlers, Ashish Nehra certainly has impressed Virat Kohli. Only longevity and faith have to translate into performance. Nehra has 34 wickets from 26 T20 internationals at an average of 21.44.