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Ashish Nehra has proved age is just a number: Sunil Gavaskar

New Delhi: Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has heaped praise on veteran seamer Ashish Nehra, describing him as a crafty bowler who has proved that "age is just a number".

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Nehra, who was forced into international exile post the 2011 World Cup triumph, made a comeback after almost five years last month. He took a three-wicket haul on Wednesday to help India start their Asia Cup campaign with a crushing 45-run win over Bangladesh at Mirpur.

"Ashish Nehra has proven age is just a number. He is mixing his deliveries well and bowling craftily. He has done really well for India so far," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Ashish Nehra (centre) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh's Mohammad Mithun with teammates in Mirpur on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Ashish Nehra (centre) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh's Mohammad Mithun with teammates in Mirpur on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

Gavaskar also applauded opener Rohit Sharma, who blasted 83 off 55 balls to anchor India's innings and take them to 166 for six after they were tottering at 42 for 3 in 7.5 overs.

"Rohit has got the ability to time his innings well. His shot selection has been terrific. He made batting look so easy when others were struggling," he said.

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