Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag recently expressed that he was not surprised with veteran pacer Ashish Nehra’s inclusion in the Indian squad for the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia.
Sehwag revealed that Nehra scored almost at par with captain Virat Kohli in the ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test. Nehra’s inclusion in the 15-member squad surprised many, only because of the age factor. However, Sehwag expressed confidence that the Delhi pacer still had it in him to represent the Team India at the highest level.
During an interview with Indian TV, Viru said, “I was not at all surprised with Nehra’s selection in the T20I team against Australia. I am very happy that he is a part of the team and I want him to play more matches in future.”
He further elaborated, “The secret behind Nehra’s fitness is when is not playing international cricket, he spends almost 8 hours in the gym (two sessions of 4 hours each). And if today he is a part of the T20 team, it is because he has passed the ‘yo-yo’ test. He scored almost 17-18 in the yo-yo test, touching Virat Kohli’s score.”
When inquired about if Nehra had a chance to represent India at the next T20 world cup in 2020, Sehwag replied, “I don’t think age should be the criteria to play in the world cup. If Nehra is fit, picking up wickets and giving away less runs, then why not? Sanath Jayasuriya played till 42, Sachin Tendulkar played till the age of 40 then why not Ashish Nehra?”.
Team India recently, defeated the Australians in an ODI series by 4-1 and reached the numero uno spot in the ICC rankings. Now, they are raring to defeat Steve Smith-led side in the 3-match T20I series, which is scheduled to commence at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.