Former Indian opener and one of the ferocious striker of the ball Virender Sehwag on Wednesday said that he wasn’t astonished  with selection of his fellow Delhite fast bowler Ashish Nehra’ selection in Team India’s squad as the hosts are now gearing up for the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Australia. 

The Nawab of Najafgarh is happy that Nehra is a part of Team India as he wants the veteran fast bowler to compete more with younger players and he expects him to play more matches for India.

 “I was not at all surprised with Nehra’s selection in the T20I team against Australia. I am very happy that he is a part of the team and I want him to play more matches in future,” Sehwag told India TV on Wednesday. Sharing the secret behind Nehra’s incredible run when it comes to fitness and cosnsitent form, Sehwag told that the Delhgi fast bowler spends almost 8 hours in the gym and is as fit as captain Kohli.   

“The secret behind Nehra’s fitness is when is not playing international cricket; he spends almost 8 hours in the gym (two sessions of 4 hours each). And if today he is a part of the T20 team, it is because he has passed the ‘yo-yo’ test. He scored almost 17-18 in the yo-yo test, touching Virat Kohli’s score,” he said.

“Nehra is a fast bowler and never faces any issues while running. So, he doesn’t endure much problems in clearing the “yo-yo” test. Nehra likes to stay fit and spend time in the gym, “ Sehwag continued. When asked about the much awaited ICC Cricket World Cup, the 38-year old believes that age is just a number as it should never be the criteria when it comes to selection.  

“I don’t think age should be the criteria to play in the world cup. If Nehra is fit, picking up wickets and giving away less runs, then why not? Sanath Jayasuriya played till 42, Sachin Tendulkar played till the age of 40 then why not Ashish Nehra?”

According to the mentor of Kings XI Punjab fitness should be the mantra for every cricketer as he gave an honourable mention to star players like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina who’ve have not cleared the yo-yo test.

“We have seen in reports that many players, including Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, have not cleared the yo-yo test. And probably this is the reason why they are not part of the team. I think Yuvraj and Raina should focus on clearing the yo-yo test because if they pass the test, they will be a part of the team,” Sehwag said. “Fitness is the mantra for every cricketer. If you remain fit, you will be a hit. I don’t think there’s any unfit player in the current Indian team,” he added. 

First Published | 5 October 2017 12:03 AM
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