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Ashish Nehra: Watching IPL final on TV was more stressful than playing

Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Ashish Nehra, who is recuperating in London from surgery to his right knee, said he was lot less nervous while playing in the tournament than while watching Sunday's final on TV.

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Ashish Nehra after undergoing a surgery on his right knee in London recently. Pic/PTI
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Ashish Nehra after undergoing a surgery on his right knee in London recently. Pic/PTI

SRH beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in a close final, but Nehra said he was always positive about his team doing well.

Speaking from his in-laws' house in the British capital minutes after the IPL-9 presentation ceremony on Sunday, Nehra said: "I was positive throughout that we will win. I really missed being in Bangalore, but I'm happy that the boys managed to pull off a great win."

Nehra, who watched the final on TV with his wife Rushma and children (Arush and Ariana), played eight matches for SRH in IPL-9 and took nine wickets before suffering a high-grade tendon injury to his right knee.

"Watching the final (on TV) was very stressful. I'm less nervous when I am playing," added the 37-year-old, who is expected to be on crutches for at least two weeks before returning to India for rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

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