Nagpur, January 30: masterful left-arm medium fast bowler Ashish Nehra dismissed the notion that age is against him and said it was just a number and he will keep playing as long as he's fit. Practice match is all that he needs to get into the groove, he said while addressing the media in the post-match press conference.
37-year-old left-arm pacer said, if you keep performing well then people will praise you. And if the team loses a couple of matches, then people won't criticize the rest of the 15 but will say Nehra should be dropped. It doesn't make a difference to me but age is just a number.
I know how hard it is to stay fit because I'm a fast bowler and I bowl in the beginning and end both. But I'm enjoying my game and till my body is fit, I'll keep trying and playing. Whether I'm playing 50 overs or T20 or if I'm bowling in the nets with a single stump to aim at, I've never felt short of match practice. It takes me only one game to get back into the groove. I believe if you've been playing so much for so long, match practice is very important whether you're a bowler or batsman, he said.
Nehra played an important role in Nagpur T20 against England. He scalped two batsmen in successive balls and added one later in the second Twenty20 against England, which India won by five runs.