Bangalore, Aug 6: With the selection of the Indian squad for the forthcoming ODI leg of the tour of England just around the corner, senior Indian left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra has handed in his fitness certificate to the BCCI and announced that he is available.
Nehra, who has resurfaced after months of convalescence from a finger injury that he received during the World Cup earlier this year, is looking to leave his mark on English soil. His ambitions haven't emerged a minute too late, with India's Test seamers grappling for form in English conditions.
Nehra incidentally, holds the distinction for recording the highest wicket-haul for an Indian in a one-dayer against England. Indeed, his 6/23 against these opponents at Paarl during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, stands as a glistening achievement and a career-best performance.
But now he would be especially keen to reverse his fortunes in a milieu which he toured 9 years ago, but in which he failed to leave much of an impression. In the 2002 Natwest Series between India, Sri Lanka and hosts England, he garnered a mere 5 wickets from 6 matches at an average of 40.00.
He missed out on India's 7-match ODI series in Ole Blighty circa 2007 and so hasn't had much exposure to wickets there in the recent past. But now it is time for him to set the record straight as a fearsome nemesis on the 22 yards. Will he do it?