Ashish Nehra celebrating after taking a wicket in a Test match against Pakistan back in 2004 © Getty Images
Ashish Nehra celebrating after taking a wicket in a Test match against Pakistan back in 2004 © Getty Images

Indian pacer Ashish Nehra, who will be seen playing in the upcoming India tour of Australia 2015-16, has expressed that one of his biggest regrets is not playing too many Test matches for India. The player, along with other surprise inclusions, will play for India after a long span in the series in Australia that includes five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Nehra last played for India in a Test in the series in Pakistan way back in the year 2004. His last appearance for India was ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 India vs Pakistan semi-final match where he contributed by taking two wickets for 33 runs and has been sidelined since then following his injury. Nehra, while talking about this more, mentioned that his frequent injuries acted as one of the major reasons behind him being out of the international cricket. READ: Ashish Nehra: People say “Captains love you” even though I haven’t played for 4 years

In an interview to The Indian Express, he said, “My biggest regret is that I couldn’t play too many Tests because of my injuries. I played my last Test match some 11 years back. I was 25. In 2009-10, Gary Kirsten and MS Dhoni asked me to play Test cricket but that point of my time I was not sure about my body. I look back now and I regret it. I should have said ‘yes’ because couple of years ago, when I was 34, I played six four-day games for Delhi in six weeks. I could have easily done it in 2009, I was than just 30.” READ: Ashish Nehra called back to India squad for T20I series in Australia

When asked if not playing continuously creates problem, the speedster stated, “Not really, I was bowling but I was not playing any matches. Competitive match that is. I was playing a couple of club games. I was practicing day in day out. At my age and experience, even if you ask me to go straight to Australia, I will manage to do it with a few practice sessions under my belt . These (Syed Mushtaq Ali) games are not about stats for me but its about getting overs under my belt – I have bowled four overs, fielded for 20 overs.” READ: Sachin Tendulkar: Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra deserved to be in India’s T20I squad vs Australia