Nehra elated as hard work bears fruit

Nehra elated as hard work bears fruit

The last time Nehra played here in 2005, he took six wickets against Sri Lanka in a tri-series final, though that came in a losing cause.

“I am feeling great. The last five-six months have been really good for me. I did well in the Indian Premier League in South Africa. After that, I did well in the West Indies series. I have worked hard to reach this stage.

“I have had many injuries and I had had some really tough times. There was a phase when for 18 months, I didn’t touch the ball. But I never gave up hope and kept working on my comeback. So I am glad my efforts have been paying off,” said Nehra in his post match comments.

Nehra also said that the team was delighted to know that India have become the number one one-day side, but was quick to point out the fact that they need to keep winning each match here to maintain the top slot.

“We thought we will become number one after the series, but we are happy to know that we have done it with our win today. But the challenge is to remain rooted at the top. There is an international series every now and then so the top three slots will keep changing,” he noted.

Nehra added that he was even more happy with his bowling because the track was not conducive for bowling.

“The Premadasa pitch was slow and we knew it would be tough to bowl here. But we will have to play in various venues across the world, so we need to adjust and adapt,” he observed.

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