India news September 30, 2011

Nehra 'deeply hurt' by India snub

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Left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra has said he is deeply hurt after being left out India's squad for the first two ODIs against England. Nehra missed the World Cup final with a broken finger, and has been out of action since. However, he has declared himself fit and resumed training, and said that he has submitted the fitness certificate too.

"I still don't know where exactly I've gone wrong after being India's highest wicket-taker in ODIs since my comeback in 2009," he told PTI. "Also, till the Pakistan match in which I fractured my finger, I didn't have any major injury issues."

Since his comeback, Nehra has been MS Dhoni's go-to man during the batting Powerplay overs and when the slog is on in the final few overs. "Please check the records, which India bowler has bowled maximum number of overs at the death in last two years," Nehra said.

Although infamous for his recurring injuries, Nehra enjoyed a fairly consistent run in the team for two years after his comeback, before he injured his finger attempting a low catch from Misbah-ul-Haq in the World Cup semi-final. He did have a rib injury in between, but that only cost him IPL appearances.

The World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, in which Nehra bowled 10 overs for 33 runs and two wickets, has turned out to be his last to date. He fractured the bones of his right fingers in five places and subsequently had to have surgery in Australia that required bone grafts - parts of bone were taken from his wrist and grafted onto his fingers.

He skipped the IPL due to the injury, and was not picked for the ODIs against England in September. "I had submitted a fitness certificate before the ODI series in England," he said. "I was ignored even when they summoned RP Singh from a holiday [as a replacement for Zaheer Khan]." Nehra's fingers are now taped most of the time and the worst of them is bent, but he has been able to bowl at full tilt around four times a week in the last month and a half.

He was not named in the squads for the Challenger Trophy, a domestic tournament featuring India's best one-day talent, which begins on October 10. This, he said, had left him with very little chance of proving form and fitness, and he would rather play limited-overs cricket instead of a full-fledged first-class season, which could take a toll on his body. "You want me to prove my fitness, but then I am not even good enough to be in any of the Challenger Trophy teams.

"Now, if I don't have an option, I might have to pick and choose and play Ranji Trophy. If the board allows it, I can go and play in the Big Bash [Australia's domestic Twenty20] or Pro-40 [South Africa's 40-over competition."

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  • Tatsache on October 4, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Thankgod..selectors forget nehra...good for the team.... :)

  • on October 1, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Why haven't Dravid use media to make a comeback to ODI squad.Nehra has every right to ask for a place in team as he lead the pace attack for last 2 years while zaheer suffered regular injuries.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Y nt consider Rajat Bhatia,he is a gud allrounder n is 31 and can play for atleast 4 years.His first class batting avg is 47 higher than raina and list A batting average of 35 which is v.gud considering the way he bats much lower down the order.and we all knw he is a gud bowler as suggested by Ipl and first class bowling average of 29 only.We keep crying 4 Irfan who hasnt played cricket except Ipl for over an year.The talent of Murali Kartik was wasted n we r nw doin same 4 Bhatia and Ojha.Bhatia is anyday better bowler and batsman than Jaddu/Vinay who keep getting chances.

  • Mastmale on October 1, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Wow. A guy who was an integral part of the WC victory and someone who has been our best ODI bowler for the last 2 years, and he has been reduced to pleading his case through the media. Very sad. Ok, he was injured and needs match practice before coming into the India team, but at least select him for one of the Challenger teams. Come on selectors, do the right thing. Better late than never. Pls select him for the Challengers.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Long term, I wouldn't want Nehra in the team and would support Ishant over him to start training Ishant for future. He is 32 and for a fast medium bowler, one usually retires in 3-4 years. His frequent injuries is also a negative for him, so would not call him up unless an ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY. This is where the problem lays. India in England was an EMERGENCY. Why RP Singh was picked over Nehra? If you asked me, I would have thought he was still injured...... Definitely not fair

  • CijoAntony on October 1, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Nehra is 100% correct and he should have selceted to indian squad. I dont understand the use of Vinay kumar ...!!!

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Nehra should definitely have got a chance in the England ODI's after proving his fitness.Atleast the selectors could have picked him for the Challenger Trophy.He is a true team man and a ton better than Vinay Kumar who bowls 120 kmph lollypops with no swing.Honestly I'll be annoyed if Vinay plays ahead of Umesh and Aaron in the England Series.And for people who are ridiculing Nehra for not playing in Ranji and choosing BBL and Pro40 first understand 2 points:1.He is injury prone and he himself knows he can't last 4 days on the field.He played his last Ranji game 3 years back and has retired from the longer format. 2.With Srikkanth and his bunch of Jokers not picking him either for ODI's or even the Challenger Trophy despite him bowling well consistently since his comeback and having proven his fitness he has no other choice.After all he has to secure his financial future.

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    just 1 simple question, why vinay kumar,varun aaron, umesh yadav and arvind and why not nehra, irfan pathan, balaji and ajit agarkar?

  • on October 1, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    The selectors should make it clear to Nehra if he fits into their plans or not, or else let him play elsewhere. Then again, since he can only be a good bowler, I am not sure he would be welcome in Australia and SA, where things like fielding are actually taken seriously. Whatever sympathy I had for Nehra was wiped away by his other declarations.If he feels bad about playing a whole season because he is unfit, who's to say he would be fit enough to bowl his full quota in a ODI? I am not even talking about bowling WELL here..The World Cup happened 6 months ago dude...if you expect that you should suddenly be given priority after coming back from injury, you must be joking...fitness certificates don't mean anything...a lot of our players must have given such certificates before the England tour...the results are all there for us to see...Nehra cannot bat AND field....do we need another guy like this in a team already bursting with NATURALLY TALENTED BAD FIELDERS? I don't think so..

  • AvidCricFan on October 1, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Nehra is a better bowler than Vinay Kumar. Vinay Kumar was totally ineffective in the most seam friendly conditions in England. On the subcontinent pitches, he will be fodder. I have not seen Arvind so I cant comment on his inclusion. Even Praveen Kumar with all swing he has could prove to be ineffective on Indian pitches.

  • Tatsache on October 4, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Thankgod..selectors forget nehra...good for the team.... :)

  • on October 1, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Why haven't Dravid use media to make a comeback to ODI squad.Nehra has every right to ask for a place in team as he lead the pace attack for last 2 years while zaheer suffered regular injuries.

  • on October 1, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Y nt consider Rajat Bhatia,he is a gud allrounder n is 31 and can play for atleast 4 years.His first class batting avg is 47 higher than raina and list A batting average of 35 which is v.gud considering the way he bats much lower down the order.and we all knw he is a gud bowler as suggested by Ipl and first class bowling average of 29 only.We keep crying 4 Irfan who hasnt played cricket except Ipl for over an year.The talent of Murali Kartik was wasted n we r nw doin same 4 Bhatia and Ojha.Bhatia is anyday better bowler and batsman than Jaddu/Vinay who keep getting chances.

  • Mastmale on October 1, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Wow. A guy who was an integral part of the WC victory and someone who has been our best ODI bowler for the last 2 years, and he has been reduced to pleading his case through the media. Very sad. Ok, he was injured and needs match practice before coming into the India team, but at least select him for one of the Challenger teams. Come on selectors, do the right thing. Better late than never. Pls select him for the Challengers.

  • johnathonjosephs on October 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Long term, I wouldn't want Nehra in the team and would support Ishant over him to start training Ishant for future. He is 32 and for a fast medium bowler, one usually retires in 3-4 years. His frequent injuries is also a negative for him, so would not call him up unless an ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY. This is where the problem lays. India in England was an EMERGENCY. Why RP Singh was picked over Nehra? If you asked me, I would have thought he was still injured...... Definitely not fair

  • CijoAntony on October 1, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Nehra is 100% correct and he should have selceted to indian squad. I dont understand the use of Vinay kumar ...!!!

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Nehra should definitely have got a chance in the England ODI's after proving his fitness.Atleast the selectors could have picked him for the Challenger Trophy.He is a true team man and a ton better than Vinay Kumar who bowls 120 kmph lollypops with no swing.Honestly I'll be annoyed if Vinay plays ahead of Umesh and Aaron in the England Series.And for people who are ridiculing Nehra for not playing in Ranji and choosing BBL and Pro40 first understand 2 points:1.He is injury prone and he himself knows he can't last 4 days on the field.He played his last Ranji game 3 years back and has retired from the longer format. 2.With Srikkanth and his bunch of Jokers not picking him either for ODI's or even the Challenger Trophy despite him bowling well consistently since his comeback and having proven his fitness he has no other choice.After all he has to secure his financial future.

  • on October 1, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    just 1 simple question, why vinay kumar,varun aaron, umesh yadav and arvind and why not nehra, irfan pathan, balaji and ajit agarkar?

  • on October 1, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    The selectors should make it clear to Nehra if he fits into their plans or not, or else let him play elsewhere. Then again, since he can only be a good bowler, I am not sure he would be welcome in Australia and SA, where things like fielding are actually taken seriously. Whatever sympathy I had for Nehra was wiped away by his other declarations.If he feels bad about playing a whole season because he is unfit, who's to say he would be fit enough to bowl his full quota in a ODI? I am not even talking about bowling WELL here..The World Cup happened 6 months ago dude...if you expect that you should suddenly be given priority after coming back from injury, you must be joking...fitness certificates don't mean anything...a lot of our players must have given such certificates before the England tour...the results are all there for us to see...Nehra cannot bat AND field....do we need another guy like this in a team already bursting with NATURALLY TALENTED BAD FIELDERS? I don't think so..

  • AvidCricFan on October 1, 2011, 0:28 GMT

    Nehra is a better bowler than Vinay Kumar. Vinay Kumar was totally ineffective in the most seam friendly conditions in England. On the subcontinent pitches, he will be fodder. I have not seen Arvind so I cant comment on his inclusion. Even Praveen Kumar with all swing he has could prove to be ineffective on Indian pitches.

  • Arvind3 on September 30, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Nehra does have a point. Flying RP Singh from a holiday?!!?!

  • RK.Chandru on September 30, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Had he ever played a full series? I doubt. He's only been a traveler abroad and there's no point in lamenting without improving on fitness. Blame yourself Mr. Nehra for your plight today.

  • NairUSA on September 30, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    I agree with the_blue_android. Nehra is still yards ahead in pace as compared to our new generation of slow medium pacers. It appears as if the relative success of Praveen Kumar has prompted all the young bowlers to reduce pace even though they have the physique to bowl fast. In no time, India will have a fearsome four of slow medium pacers nagging the world batsmen to boredom.

  • sudheercric on September 30, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Nehra should be selected for remaining 3 odi's because of his brilliant performances...selectors made unfair decision leaving 32-year old Nehra and should realise their mistake

  • Nampally on September 30, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Mr.Nehra, the Selectors have sent a clear message to all Senior players that their form, fitness & performance is counted for selection. Nehra has leaked out 8 runs/over during his last few appearances in the ODI. Expecting to be selected with this record is unfair. Try bowling at 4 runs/over and then stake your claims. Harbhajan has been given the boot based on his poor record over past 2 years.Take the case of Ojha. I ask you Sir, why was he omitted from the Indian ODI squad after his brilliant record playing for Surrey few months back? He should have been in the Indian ODI squad in England when the Indian bowling was simply attrocious. But to be dropped again in favour of Jadeja in the present Indian ODI squad is unjust. I would much rather question Ojha's dropping rather than Nehra's. India needs a genuine orthodox left arm spinner who is economical & can take wickets. India has Ojha & Murali Kartik - both badly treated by the Indian Selectors.No wonder India lost to England.

  • onkar567 on September 30, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    very very unfotunate for ashish nehra to be omitted from the youngster-indian xi. he has been the bowler to watch from the compaq triseries and till the indo-pak clash in the wc he has been no doubtedly the highest wicket taker in one days. now with the new icc rules implied on the upcoming series,nehra would have definitely got one of the new balls and could have done well in his homeland. feeling very sorry for u ,ashish,play in the foreign competitions and get a place in the indian squad.

  • Rahulbose on September 30, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    The wicket takers list is interesting. Top three will not be playing this series and the top two have been dropped. It is a worthless pajama series anyway.

  • the_blue_android on September 30, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Nehra is still better than our INDIAN PACE TRINITY of S Aravind, Vinay Kumar and Abhimanyu Mithun lol....

  • bumsonseats on September 30, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    not sure whys hes hurt. the bcci have done it to him before as well as a good many others in the last in the last few years. to many players, not enough places. dpk

  • on September 30, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Some ridiculous selection stuff here. Harbhajan was struggling in test matches - he is still one of the canny ODI operators where often you need to contain, fire in yorkers, slide the arm balls etc. (his RPO is 4.5 in last 2 years!!) Now Nehra?? perhaps one of the more assured death overs operators we have, not to mention the one who has some natural zip - we are feeding Vinay -nopace-noswing - Kumar and Aravind for this? Nehra has reasons to be hurt. His fitness was an issue in longer formats, never in ODIs. The selectors are dishing out a lesson in 'how to deconstruct a world cup winning outfit' .. And please? I've been a HUGE fan or Irfan Pathan but he has absolutely no performances to back his inclusion - he's being carted around even in domestic matches.

  • landl47 on September 30, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Nehra has an average record (less than average in tests, where he averages 42). Injuries which require grafts are serious. I'm not sure why he wasn't included in the Challenger trophy, but since he hasn't played cricket of any sort since March, he can hardly have expected to be put straight back into the international side. He should get some match practice and prove he's worth a place. With the current state of India's seam bowling, that shouldn't be too difficult.

  • itsthewayuplay on September 30, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    contd The same story with the spinners - Harbajan began with an outstanding performance against Aus in THAT series but never bowled as well since but India have persisted with him despite average to poor performances whilst others such as Chawla, Mishra, Ohja, were not given the same opportunities. Whilst Rahul Sharma may have a good series against Eng what was the basis for his selection ahead of Ojha and M Kartik who have had good seasons in Eng. Reliable (not even good) Indian bowlers are hard to find therefore when they are uncovered, player development and management has to be a priority for the BCCI so that they improve and not decline over time. Look at Swann who at age of 32 has been at his peak for a couple of years and probably has at least a couple left. Barring the great Kumble, Indian spinners seem to be past it by 28. Indian bowlers must also understand the importance of looking after themselves throughout their careers rather just until they get into the national team.

  • on September 30, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Yes..it is very painfull..Nehra did well when he gets chance...but media and captain always biased against him...always under rated him. He bowled excellently in England WC 2003 again in India WC 2011...so who dislikes him...He is so gentleman..that's why media doesn't give him hype. In India media can make man...Indian media always need spice things...

  • itsthewayuplay on September 30, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    The fact that the article talks about Nehra is 32 with a history of injury issues and is the go to man rather than a strike bowler highlights yet again India's lack of bowling options. Compare this to England and Australia and South Africa and you realise how diabolical the situation is. Unless a proper structure is place to identify, nuture and properly manage young bowlers India will continue to have these issues where bowlers who promised much when they first appeared but ultimately delivered little eg.Agarkar, Pathan, Munaf, Sreesanth, RP Singh, VRV Singh and so on. There is something fundamentally wrong when someone like Munaf who in his first test match knocked over England's tail at close to 90mph and then when he should be his peak at 28 is nothing more than military medium.

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    Harbajan is hurting. He has the CLASS to return into the Indian squad. I did not think much of his MI captaincy though. He will be out to prove himself. And I hope for Indian crcicket sake he comes good. There were some of his deliveries which were clean bowls in the not to distant past (world cup) When you saw the replays of ball eluding batsman and hitting stumps - they were great. India needs to look at Aakash Chopra as a test opener.

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Nehra's hand is taped up. Although its not his bowling hand, it affects his feilding and batting. What would happen if he got a return catch to him from batsman off his own bowling? Nehra is great but needs time to be fully fit. This one aspect has made the selectors look past him. However the selectors need to communicate their thinking after selections e.g. "We considred Nehra but he is not fully fit"

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    The thing is he is not fit ....Selectors have learned from the England Tour...If he is selected and get injured again in between then ppl will blame the selectors ...He doesnt have match practice ...In the above report it self it is said that "Nehra's fingers are now taped most of the time and the worst of them is bent, but he has been able to bowl at full tilt around four times a week in the last month and a half."...I don't know what that means and how he claims himself to be 100% Fit and he along with Munaf patel are worst fielders in the ODIs .It is better to field a fully fit rookie than a half fit experienced player

  • on September 30, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    This is unfair. India is lacking an experienced bowler to lead the attack. In Zaheer's absence only Nehra can do that.

  • TRAM on September 30, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Nehra in the playing 11 means that India is playing only 10 players in batting and fielding. People like Agarkar, Nehra etc got wkts mostly in death overs and claim they are great ! Batsmen try to score runs and give away their wkts. When did he ever take wkts of the top order batsmen at the initial overs? But he would have been better than RPSingh for Eng tour.

  • Tatsache on September 30, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    Nehra bowling is not good enough previous matches...but I can say he is better bowler than vinaykumar right now....Srikantha mind is somewhere we dont know :)

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Dear Nehra,

    Please perform in Domestic matches and proove ur fitness before talking so much

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    Nehera ..... I feel sorry for you when I remember your best performance against England back in World Cup 2003. I think BCCI don't need you and may be they think that you are became an old cop now. No need to wait for the call from BCCI. If your country don't need you then don't need to wait for them as well. You can make your own choice and can play for any team which need you in their squad. Why do you want to stay dependent on BCCI? You are sportsman, you are cricketer. Please show some professionalism and make your own way. Its not necessary that you should play only for your country. You can play for any team you wish. If you have a game then show is in your performance.

  • Rash237 on September 30, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Nehra had a dream come-back after a career threatening injury and he hasn't failed to deliver. But with that said, I wouldn't blame it on the selection commitee to drop him. The time has come for the team to be completely dismantled and crafted again revolving around young talent. Pacers like Varun Aaron who have real pace( 130s and so) should be thrusted upward and given a chance. And that is what the selectors have done for England's tour of India. Nehra going to tournaments like the Big Bash and Pro-40 is utterly ridiculous.

  • on September 30, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Come-on Guys stop talking about Irfan Pathan. He is not even able to play the domestic cricket and u r talking about him to be selected in Indian team?

  • i_witnessed_2011 on September 30, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    In my opinion he is far better than Vinay Kumar who has got fair opportunities but failed to impress. Nehra's experience is very important when you have youngsters with only 20 match first class experience (like Arvind,Rahul Sharma etc) in the squad. If you do not play him in 11 also fine, He can act as mentor thó these youngsters. But I feel he is a intelligent bowler and having him in 15 member squad is very important.

  • Gilliana on September 30, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    I advise that Nehra look for a godfather if he is to survive in Indian cricket. Sachin has a few hundreds and so he is still there. This advice goes for Harbhajan too.

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I think Statistics can be largely misleading, I would like to know what his stats are with the new ball, for me his wickets come from the batsmen getting themselves out, he rarely gets players out with class deliveries, India have lacked a bowler or 2 that is an "actual wicket taker", someone sides fear can take wickets at all times, Zaheer has become one, but the rest of the lineup lack this threat in my opinion, im glad to see the back of Harbhajan who has been relying on past reputation for a while now, Indian coaches need to move on with the game, the U19s should be athletic fielders who can bat like the england setup is beginning to put together. I want Varun aaron to get his chance we should be moving forward and not back to these injury prone bowlers who get tanked at 10 an over regularly, poor fielder, poor death bowler and cant bat Nehra offers nothing

  • on September 30, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    Actually we don't need fast bowler in third place. because already we have two Saheer khan and Praveen Kumar in third place we need one allrounder bowler like irfan pathan or any other better person than him.

  • cricketizgood on September 30, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    It is surprising that on one hand we say we do not have decent pace bowlers, and on the other hand we ignore those who are showing good performance. Its a shame. @Arjun Siva - Indian team plays enough cricket round the year so they don't need to play in Ranji untill and unless they lack in form or they are dropped from the team. This way they are less prone to injury as well as get some rest from the game.

  • liaqathussain on September 30, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    surprising to see how his been treated,, what happened in england was bad enough everyone was called up except nehra and irfan pathan,,, maybe both should make their own little team,,

    the reect's xi

  • dvs105 on September 30, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    On a "page 2" note - how dare he injure himself in the semi-final and not play the IPL - which is far more important to the Indian Board that the world cup ! No wonder Ms Srikkanth , Srinivasan and Co have decided to drop him.

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    IMHO, he had a more than decent world cup and he did not do anything to lose his spot, just as the rookies did not have any earth-shattering performance anywhere else. I understand the go-youth policy, but an experienced hand in Nehra would have been a better choice than Aravind. Having said that, may be they'll get back to him in the last 3 ODIs.

  • CHARLA on September 30, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    we all can have our expectations.the fact is NEHRA is not good enogh.to start with he is the poorest of poor fielders and is "minus 10 runs"before he steps on to the field.on top of it,his theatrics when any colleague misfields on his bowling,are in bad taste. he is only a good bowler on swinging wickets. since there are not many of this type in our country,his omission is justified. even for teams going abroad,he should be omitted because of his fielding.

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    It is totally unfair for selectors...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on September 30, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Thank you Nehra. Bye. 'Sorry' to hear that a full season of domestic cricket will take a toll on your body. Please go back and get your thinking straight.

  • ani_cric on September 30, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Nehra ..... it is total injustice but thats how the BCCI works. Sachin always takes breaks frequently whenever he wants and choses the matches he wants to play still no one questions him ......BCCI plz have uniform policy and have back bone to implement and stop ur poltics and time spending in IPL

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    He definitely should have been included in the Challenger Trophy teams. But if he can't play Ranji Trophy then he should announce his retirement from Test cricket.

  • Darnakka on September 30, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    he has improved a lot these days. he is definitely better than vinay

  • ssm2407 on September 30, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Its all well & good picking newcomers with eye for future, but given India's depleted bowling stocks at the moment, we can ill afford to consign Nehra to the history books, in fact we need him more than ever. He has every reason to be angry, he has been shamefully treated by the selectors. What a way to treat a World Cup winning hero.

  • Khwar-e-cricket on September 30, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Arjun Siva... you might wanna explain why he should a full fledged first class season to get into the ODI team? He is retired from tests and first class, so the only option he has is to play list A games for which he is not selected.

  • jaggi.jagan on September 30, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Given the lack of depth in fast bowling after Zaheer & Ishanth is injured. Nehra would have been a better choice ahead of the Vinay & Aravind. Seeing S Aravind bowl against KKR was a joke. Here is a fast bowler picked to play for India for the first time....it is a pity to see the wicketkeeper standing up close to the stumps in his first over. We already have a problem with bowlers like Irfan, Munaf loosing speed after few years...how do anyone think S Aravind is the answer to our fast bowling depth issues?

  • Kris on September 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    I'm surprised he's "deeply hurt".. According to the article.. "..Nehra's fingers are now taped most of the time and the worst of them is bent, but he has been able to bowl.." I think somebody has to put some sense into his head to understand there are other facets like batting & fielding that needs to done when playing cricket for which he might need his "bent finger".. I might agree with him that he has been a good bowler since his comeback in '09.. but he's def. not match fit considering his already buttered finger problems! Sorry boss.. better luck next time!

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on September 30, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Nehra jee -- I hav seen the way u have come up..always knew that u r a a very good talent...ultimately was very happy to see ur comeback in the last 2 yrs... It is INDIA'S loss if they don't pick u...see the thrashing INDIAN cricket team got at England.... Don't get too dis-appointed as this is not the first time its happening like this with u..Just take care of ur health & enjoy cricket the way U want... wishing u the very best of health & cricket in future...Cheers, Kumar

  • on September 30, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    y not nehra i m still stumped.....if he is totally fit...

  • kasyapm on September 30, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    This IS surprising. He was in the WC squad and would have probably played ahead of Sreesanth in the WC final if it wasn't for his injury. If he is fit, he should be playing in the ODI series or atleast the challengers trophy. How can a person be out of reckoning just because he is injured? I sincerely hope this does not turn out to be another embarassment for the selectors if they didn't 'know' he was fit.

  • Rahul_Paharia on September 30, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    The selectors should come out clean as to why they are not selecting Nehra. Not being selected for even the Challenger Trophy teams is shocking. Nehra is right when he is questioning how should he go about proving his fitness. On one hand we have a dire shortage of fast bowlers and on the other hand we have a proven and successful fast bowler who is not selected for reasons not known to anyone but the selectors.

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Its really sad and very sad to see Ashish Nehra not beeing given the opportunity. Its true that selectors are concerned about picking injured players, particularly what happened in England recently. But, then they could have given enough reason to Nehra, the clarity why they did not choose him. We never had bowlers who can bowl at death and India always struggles, only bowlers who can bowl at death is Zaheer and Nehra. In absence of Zaheer, he should be considered, if he is fit. Because, there are not many bowlers in india who are better than Nehra. Hope Selectors analyse his option too for the future till we get some rocking extraordinary talent who can take over or bowl enough. He has always been a wicket taker and bowled well.

    Ashsih, buddy keep working hard on your fitness and game, we support you and believe in your ability and India definitely needs you as you can win many more matches for India. Cheers!!!

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    its very sad.......nehra deserved a place in teh team than any bowler..he is our best odi bowler after zaheer........

  • harshalb on September 30, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Nehra injured or deeply hurt?

  • on September 30, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    how amazing.... a bowler who wants to come back to the Indian team does not want to play a full fledged first class season because it might take a toll on his body. Thats the problem with Indian players. They think they are too good for ranji. And in weird and inexplicable contrast, their excuse for not playing ranji is their bodies not being up to the mark to play ranji.

  • Baundele on September 30, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Life is not fair. Nehra and Praveen are the players who bowl their hearts out even with their limited abilities. Nehra has been quite successful in the last two years and he certainly deserves a come back.

  • sharidas on September 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    Personally,I do not think Nehra is ignored.He certainly would get his chances in future. Right now, the emphasis is to try out some youngsters and I do hope the selectors stick to it throughout the series-come what may.

  • SixoverSlips on September 30, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    This is a joke! How can they not pick Nehra? If not for the England ODIs, at least for the Challenger trophy? Looks like the selectors have completely forgotten him, or being purposefully mean to him. He was India's top 2 bowlers in ODIs in the past two years, picked up more wickets and bowled more powerplay overs than any other bowler in the past two years. What a joke! May be Srikkanth forgot to update his calendar!

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Yet another example of our Selectors approach to players and why players want to safegaurd their future by playing IPL etc...BCCI has no courtesy to even inform a player regarding his future and if is in long term plan or not..so what is wrong if a player chooses IPL over India..at least he knows in IPL he might earn some money to safegaurd his future...im for players on fringe choose IPL or T20 for making some extra money..its only the Dhonis and SRTs who should be prioritizing Team India not the likes of Ravindra Jadeja or Ashsh Nehra

  • akshaysabnis on September 30, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Feel really sorry for Nehra and Ojha! You perform and still thrown in the bin... You guys will be recalled ... alas only like Dravid...for a retirement series.... Useless selectors

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I did not realise Nehra's right hand was badly damaged. He should rest longer and now I realise why the selectors ignored him. Nehra is a great ODI bowler and suited to bowling 10overs in a match!!!! The 2003 world cup and 2011 world cup prove this. Some of these great players should be retained by BCCI so that they can help new youngsters out.

  • kingcobra85 on September 30, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    See nehra you are great player but I think selectors are looking ahead and building a team for next world cup. If they selected you some youngster will not get the opportunity

  • kitten on September 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    It is indeed sad about Nehra. He is a genuine swinger of the ball, and at a time, when zaheer, Ishant et al are injured, you would have thought he would have slotted right in. But I think, the selectors are looking to the future, and rightly so, after the fiasco in Uk. Though, I feel he should have been given a chance, and he would have been able to coach the youngsters in the team. Anyway, the ways of the selectors are strange sometimes, and since they have had their fingers burnt in this last series in England, they will ensure no more stupid selections are made, and fitness will be of prime importance. Can't blame them can you? After all the unfit players being picked and collapsing after a few hours, or during the series. They were indeed a laughing stock for the world to see. It is indeed sad for some players, but I feel the right decision has been made.

  • PiyushD on September 30, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    This is really sad, Nehra should ahve been in the Team especialy with no Zaheer, he would have been the experience that we so badly missed in England, I feel selectors panic and loose basic things to keep right balance of seniors and juniors in the team, Nehra is any day much better than Vinay Kumar. Can the selectors give one single valid reason for his ommission.Our selectors suck.

  • aalkool on September 30, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Here we go again. Another case of poor communication skills by the BCCI. How apathetic can they be to a player's case. At 32, he needs to know where he stands in the scheme of things so at least he can plan for the last few years of his career. And despite this poor treatment, he still needs permission from BCCI to give himself some chance of showing his skills and earning himself some money. More pressure needs to be applied on BCCI for them to realise that they exist because of cricket and not the other way around.

  • linkfloyd on September 30, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I feel for Nehra but India has to look ahead .. Zaheer and Nehra are a force bit then they need to know that we are looking into the future..Hope they help build a good pace attack .. If one is fit for two matches and then gets injured then it falls bad on the selector and not the player.. Instead of being dissapointed accept reality and move on..

  • on September 30, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    One day you are bowling for India in world cup semi-final, do or die match and now , not good enough for challenger trophy.. serious communication gap from selectors, Nehra is no new comer..give him his due and respect..

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  • on September 30, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    One day you are bowling for India in world cup semi-final, do or die match and now , not good enough for challenger trophy.. serious communication gap from selectors, Nehra is no new comer..give him his due and respect..

  • linkfloyd on September 30, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    I feel for Nehra but India has to look ahead .. Zaheer and Nehra are a force bit then they need to know that we are looking into the future..Hope they help build a good pace attack .. If one is fit for two matches and then gets injured then it falls bad on the selector and not the player.. Instead of being dissapointed accept reality and move on..

  • aalkool on September 30, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Here we go again. Another case of poor communication skills by the BCCI. How apathetic can they be to a player's case. At 32, he needs to know where he stands in the scheme of things so at least he can plan for the last few years of his career. And despite this poor treatment, he still needs permission from BCCI to give himself some chance of showing his skills and earning himself some money. More pressure needs to be applied on BCCI for them to realise that they exist because of cricket and not the other way around.

  • PiyushD on September 30, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    This is really sad, Nehra should ahve been in the Team especialy with no Zaheer, he would have been the experience that we so badly missed in England, I feel selectors panic and loose basic things to keep right balance of seniors and juniors in the team, Nehra is any day much better than Vinay Kumar. Can the selectors give one single valid reason for his ommission.Our selectors suck.

  • kitten on September 30, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    It is indeed sad about Nehra. He is a genuine swinger of the ball, and at a time, when zaheer, Ishant et al are injured, you would have thought he would have slotted right in. But I think, the selectors are looking to the future, and rightly so, after the fiasco in Uk. Though, I feel he should have been given a chance, and he would have been able to coach the youngsters in the team. Anyway, the ways of the selectors are strange sometimes, and since they have had their fingers burnt in this last series in England, they will ensure no more stupid selections are made, and fitness will be of prime importance. Can't blame them can you? After all the unfit players being picked and collapsing after a few hours, or during the series. They were indeed a laughing stock for the world to see. It is indeed sad for some players, but I feel the right decision has been made.

  • kingcobra85 on September 30, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    See nehra you are great player but I think selectors are looking ahead and building a team for next world cup. If they selected you some youngster will not get the opportunity

  • Naresh28 on September 30, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    I did not realise Nehra's right hand was badly damaged. He should rest longer and now I realise why the selectors ignored him. Nehra is a great ODI bowler and suited to bowling 10overs in a match!!!! The 2003 world cup and 2011 world cup prove this. Some of these great players should be retained by BCCI so that they can help new youngsters out.

  • akshaysabnis on September 30, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Feel really sorry for Nehra and Ojha! You perform and still thrown in the bin... You guys will be recalled ... alas only like Dravid...for a retirement series.... Useless selectors

  • CricketMaan on September 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Yet another example of our Selectors approach to players and why players want to safegaurd their future by playing IPL etc...BCCI has no courtesy to even inform a player regarding his future and if is in long term plan or not..so what is wrong if a player chooses IPL over India..at least he knows in IPL he might earn some money to safegaurd his future...im for players on fringe choose IPL or T20 for making some extra money..its only the Dhonis and SRTs who should be prioritizing Team India not the likes of Ravindra Jadeja or Ashsh Nehra

  • SixoverSlips on September 30, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    This is a joke! How can they not pick Nehra? If not for the England ODIs, at least for the Challenger trophy? Looks like the selectors have completely forgotten him, or being purposefully mean to him. He was India's top 2 bowlers in ODIs in the past two years, picked up more wickets and bowled more powerplay overs than any other bowler in the past two years. What a joke! May be Srikkanth forgot to update his calendar!