Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Nehra confident of reaching top form in time

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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Mohali:Fast bowler Ashish Nehra said he was satisfied with his preparations for the Pakistan tour and felt confident that his bowling would get back to the top levels in time for the coming series.

Nehra, who has been named in the One-day squad for the historic visit to Pakistan, injured his left ankle during the tri-series in Australia and was asked to play in the Duleep Trophy final to prove his fitness.

This is the first time he is bowling in a competitive match since his return from Australia, and will also be the only first-class match ahead of the tour.

"This game was basically to get some match practice, I have been short of match practice since playing in Australia," Nehra said.

The left-arm seamer bowled 20 overs in East Zone's first innings and another 11 in their second essay. "I did not try to bowl flat out, I was not bowling at 100 per cent," he said.

"The track was slow. But this game has been worth millions to me. I was able to bowl 30 overs so far, that is good enough." He said it would not be easy to get back immediately to the level at which he bowled before the ankle surgery last year.

"The swing will come back but it will take time," the Delhi seamer said. "It is not easy to get back to the level I was bowling during the World Cup straight away after a gap of more than nine months."

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