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May 2, 2011

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Ashish Nehra has begun bowling in the nets after successful surgery on his injured finger, but will not be fully fit in time to take part in IPL 2011. Nehra had fractured the middle finger on his right hand while attempting a catch during India's semi-final win over Pakistan in the World Cup. The injury forced him to miss out on the World Cup final.

"I have just come back from Australia last week," Nehra told PTI. "My finger surgery went off well. My recovery has been pretty good. I was at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) doing my rehabilitation work. I have also started bowling in the nets and haven't faced any problems."

While he has had no trouble bowling, Nehra said batting and fielding is still a problem and therefore "playing in the IPL is out of the question". Instead, he will be going back to the NCA for a two-week rehabilitation program as he wants to be completely fit before making himself available for selection for India.

"The physios and the doctor will monitor my progress," he said. "If I get a positive response from them, I will submit my fit-certificate and make myself available for selection for the West Indies tour."

Pune Warriors India, one of the two new franchises, bought Nehra for $850,000 in the January player auction, and the bowler expressed his disappointment at not being able to play a single game for them this season.

"I feel bad that I haven't been able to serve the team. But injuries are something you can't really predict. It was painful to sit in the dressing room watching India win the World Cup. But then I was happy for my team also. I tried thinking about Praveen Kumar. He was a certainty in the squad but missed out due to injury."

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Posted by   on (May 4, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

hello nehra fansexcuse me..pace bowlers?cmon he is not like he used to be and also not skillfull like zaheer to get quality batsmen out with 130k's speed..i agree he used to be good bowler but now we already have praveen kumar n munaf patel and zak so need some pace so its time for varon and yadav..its time to bring fgresh talents and ishaant also generating some pace..india need to go with these theory 1 pace bowler (who can touch 140+ consistently),1 skill full bowler like zak,1genuine swing bowler like praveen,and seam bowler like munaf and 1 spinner like ashwin in odi n testsnt sure abt bhajji coz he is not sure with his doosra ..and ab semi vs pak well every fast bowler played his part on tht double paced track.all batsmen were struggling for timing.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 18:47 GMT)

PLEASE NEHRA IS THE BEST BOWLER AFTER ZAHEER, INJURIES HAPPEN TO ALL FAST BOWLERS. NEHRA IS THE UNSUNG HERO. HE MADE US WIN SF AGAINST PAKISTAN, DONT FORGET. WITH A '~# FINGUR HAD GUTS TO BOWL BRILLIANTLY UNADKATS, MITHU, ARON ARE NOWHERE NEAR HIM

Posted by surib4u on (May 3, 2011, 6:29 GMT)

Ganguly replacing Nehra in IPL4 . He may lead the team as yuvaraj failed in captaincy.

Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 5:38 GMT)

dada is in...................... Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Posted by   on (May 3, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Just heard that Sourav Ganguly will replace Nehra...is it true??There is nothing in cricinfo about this!!

Posted by stevejohnson1010 on (May 3, 2011, 4:45 GMT)

Anyday he is a better ODI bowler than Ishant and Sreesanth, has had his share of injuries too. Now it looks like he is fit and raring to go, I would like to see him leading the pace attack in WI ODIs. Pacers chosen for WI ODIs should be : Nehra, Praveen and Munaf. For WI tests : Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth. No other indian pacer playing is IPL is performing above average, so this must be the tactics.

Posted by rustyryan on (May 3, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

He is pretty used up. Give chances to Aaron varon of Delhi. Nehra should focus only on ipl lik malinga. I hope he wont be playin in west indies. Ishant and Varon can be next generation fast bowlers of India. Forget Nehra.

Posted by daalien on (May 3, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

Finally!!! Even Ashish Nehra acknowledges that his batting and fielding are a problem! Though how something that does not exist can be a problem is a mystery to be solved...

Posted by   on (May 2, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

IPL is worth nothing at the end. BCCI should try to promote Test Cricket rather than spending lavishly on IPL. IPL performance is not a measure of true spirit of most of the players.

Posted by crichype on (May 2, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

IPL 2011 has given us some more options in the bowling department. I guess BCCI will include some youngsters like Ishant, Unadkant ETC ETC...

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