I'm baffled, hurt by selectors' snub: Nehra

I'm baffled, hurt by selectors' snub: Nehra

“I submitted my fitness certificate before the ODI series in England. I was ignored while they summoned RP Singh from a holiday. Now they have ignored me again,” a visibly upset Nehra told PTI.

“I still don’t know where I exactly went wrong after being India’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs since my comeback in 2009. Also till Pakistan match where I fractured my finger, I didn’t have any major injury issues.

“Please check the records, which India bowler has bowled maximum number of overs at the death in last two years. You want me to prove my fitness but then I am not even good enough to be in any of the Challenger Trophy teams. You have given chance to each and everyone from Kerala to Srinagar! How come I have become such a bad bowler in a space of few months.

When asked if age was a factor, Nehra shot back: “For God’s sake, I am 32 and not 42. Virender Sehwag is older than me. And had age been a criteria, then Rahul Dravid couldn’t have made a comeback in ODIs when he is 39.”

To the question about match-fitness, Nehra explained, “Agreed I haven’t played much cricket but what about some of those picked in the squad? Did they play any cricket in last three months? And everyone knows for the past two months, I have been sweating it out at the NCAs.”

Nehra is still not keen on returning back to first-class grind as day’s cricket takes a lot of toll on a pacer’s body.

“Look at the likes of Brett Lee, Lasith Malinga who have retired from longer version to take care of their bodies. Now if I don’t have an option, I might have to pick and chose and play Ranji Trophy.”