Ashish Nehra: Our players are not greedy to hold on to their place
Responding to a question, Nehra told mid-day: "We have been doing quite well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got injured, Jasprit Bumrah is not there too, but there is no pressure on them to return quickly"
Ashish Nehra, who retired from competitive cricket last November, is pleased that the current Indian cricketers are not greedy to hold on to their places in the team.
Responding to a question on whether there has to be better player management in place with injuries to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah which resulted in the Indian pace duo being ruled out of the initial part of the ongoing five-Test series against England, Nehra told mid-day: "We have been doing quite well. Bhuvi got injured, Bumrah is not there too, but there is no pressure on them [to return quickly].
The player knows best. I am happy that Bumrah is not playing the Lord's Test as it will give him more rest to recover quickly. He is not greedy. The team management is helping in that."
Nehra, who had several injury setbacks, was not coy to admit the mistakes he made by ignoring the niggles. "I made all those mistakes... little bit of a niggle but I said I will be fine. In the end, my Test career was shortened because those injuries were chronic. The BCCI, the team management and the National Cricket Academy are all keeping a track and helping the bowlers," said Nehra, a commentator for Sony Pictures Network.
He pointed to the fact that the Indian bowlers were able to take 20 wickets in the opening Test against England despite not having the services of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. "It is a trend in India to remember those who play in place of them. Bhuvi is a great bowler and you can't do much about injuries. It is a huge positive that our bowlers managed to take 20 wickets in the Edgbaston Test without them (Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah). It is excellent to have a pool of five pace bowlers wherein three play and two are your back-ups," said Nehra. The Delhi man did not hesitate to term this phase as a golden one for Indian fast bowling. "Definitely," he exclaimed.
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