Ashish Nehra targets 2017 Champions Trophy for his ODI comeback

New Delhi: Ashish Nehra on Saturday expressed his wish to be a part of the India squad for the ICC Champions Trophy.

International Cricket Council is going to organise Champions trophy in England in June.

37-year-old veteran pacer said his vast experience of bowling at any stage of an innings. His experience makes him one of the best candidates in the pace bowling department for the tournament.

“I would love to play in the Champions Trophy,” Nehra said.

“When you go to England you will take at least four fast bowlers in addition to two spinners. I know I can bowl anywhere: upfront, in the middle overs and at death. I can also share the experience I have with the other young fast bowlers,” he added.

Nehra, who has been an integral feature of the Twenty20 set-up for the men-in-blue. He wants to test his fitness in the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic 50-over tournament. He intends to play at least half of Delhi’s six fixtures.

“I aim to play at least three matches to build up my match fitness. Fifty overs is a different challenge and Vijay Hazare is a good platform to test myself,” he said.

“I bowl about eight overs even in the nets while preparing for a T20 match. It is not about fitness. It is about the feel of playing in a 50-over match.” “Once I play these matches I will be fit enough to play and good to go for the Champions Trophy,” he added.

Nehra made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe back in 2001 under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy. Nehra last played in the 50-over format in the 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan.

Troubled by a spate of intermittent injuries and the occasional loss in form, he has only played 119 more ODIs. He picked up 157 wickets in total at an average of 31.72 including two five-fors.

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