It has been a frustating 6-7 months for Ashish Nehra, as after making a successful comeback in India's T20 team ahead of the World T20, he was finally getting the opportunities he should have got long back in limited overs cricket. Nehra formed a lethal partnership with Jasprit Bumrah and together they helped India win many T20 games before and during the World T20. Nehra also was impressive in the early part of IPL 2016, before he injured his leg and had to undergo surgery which ruled him out of cricket till the winter.
Just when Nehra was set to return in domestic cricket, he suffered from a bout of chikungunya, the disease which wrecked havoc in Delhi during the monsoon season. Nehra was laid inactive for two more months.
Nehra is now back on the road to making a comeback not just in cricket, but perhaps Team India too, he is back at the nets and is looking forward to a stint at NCA to further work on his fitness and stamina.
He explained to The Hindu how tough it was for him to recover from chikungunya, "It was a hard phase. I was ready for the season, had worked on my fitness too, but this illness left me drained. I am confident and fit now."
Nehra is often regarded as one of the unluckiest cricketers in India, as despite playing a significant role in India's World Cup victory in 2011, he was left out for almost five years. He took the ignorance in his stride and kept performing well for his state Delhi and various IPL teams.
When asked about his spate of injuries, he said, “I can only control my fitness. Not my injuries. If a batsman gets hit on the body and misses the next few games does it mean he becomes unfit? The same applies to bowlers. You twist your ankle or suffer a hamstring injury. That does not make him unfit. I am unfit only if I can’t bowl my quota of overs. In today’s cricket, every players realises the importance of fitness and I don’t know anyone who would compromise his position in the team by ignoring his fitness,” said Nehra.