first_imgEven Dahiya, his one-time teammate and his coach in Delhi Even Dahiya, his one-time teammate and his coach in Delhi state side agreed that Nehra has enjoyed the positive side of the injuries that he has had. “Ashish has had his share of injuries and that I believe has been a key to fast bowling. Unlike other bowlers, he has been forced to play less cricket and that has kept him fresh. Also he is a practical man. “He knew that he will not play Test matches due to his body, so he did not play Ranji Trophy and concentrated on limited overs matches and got the best out of him,” Dahiya observed. Himself a former World Cup winner, Madan Lal has seen Nehra closely as a national selector as well as Delhi coach and feels that people never understood the difference between fitness issues and injury. “Let me tell you, Ashish has never been dropped because of poor form or fitness issues. He always got injured, an unavoidable part of sport. As Delhi coach or even as national selector, we never ever discussed or debated his qualities as everyone knew what he is capable of. “His skills and his ability to guide youngsters like Jasprit Bumrah makes him an asset even now,” said one of Indias 1983 World Cup heroes. So can he be a part of Indias scheme of things in the Champions Trophy, which is a 50-over event, everyone was cautious. For Harbhajan and Madan Lal, it will all depend on how well the workload is managed by the support staff. “For a 50-over match, you need to work even harder on your fitness as he has to match the levels of 25 year olds. Only Ashish knows if he can do it or not,” the Turbanator said. Dahiya and Arun feel that an indicator will be whether Nehra plays the Vijay Hazare Trophy. “If Ashish has Champions Trophy in mind, then he will certainly play Vijay Hazare Trophy. How do you use him if his body permits? A spell of 6 overs at the beginning and 4 overs in the final 10 where he is still the best Indian bowler around. Now if his body responds, he will certainly be handy in English conditions,” Dahiya said. Harbhajan summed it up nicely. “Your age is exactly what you feel. Ashish never abused his body, checked his diet, did hard yards with conviction and has got the results,” he concluded. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more