Ashish Nehra hopeful of making yet another India comeback

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Ashish Nehra hopeful of making yet another India comeback

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SportsCafe Desk

10/28/2016

Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra says he is eyeing the limited-overs series against England in January for yet another international comeback. Nehra has undergone two surgeries following a hamstring injury during the 2016 Indian Premier League in May this year.

The 37-year-old left-armer had reinvented himself to become India's premier strike bowler at the ICC World T20 this year before suffering the hamstring injury.

A bout of chikungunya followed, but all these setbacks has not deterred Nehra from nurturing hopes of staging another comeback into the national side.

"After my two recent surgeries, I was recuperating well and training at the National Cricket Academy when chikungunya struck. I somehow managed to fly back from Bangalore to Delhi in August,” the Delhi pacer told the Times of India.

"The month of September was very painful due to pain in joints. But now I am on the recovery path. I have started to train and would be spending November and December in becoming match fit. My next goal is to achieve full fitness by January next year before the ODI and T20 series against England.

"Right now, I am enjoying the game and happy with the way I have progressed after two surgeries. I am working hard on my fitness and want to make a comeback for sure. But, I only talk about my short-term goals. If the team and selectors feel I am good enough to serve the country and also help the young bowlers, I am ready to do so.”

Nehra’s last ODI appearance was back in March 2011,  but he hasn’t given up hope.

"I have been playing T20 cricket but am also ready for ODI cricket if the team feels that my services are needed. Thereafter, my next mission would be to play in the IPL 2017 after a few months of training," he said.

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