Jaipur, May14: Pune Warriors pacer Ashish Nehra denied the controversy surrounding Sourav Ganguly's exclusion from the team having any effect and said, the former Indian captain was only 'rested' for the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Nehra said, he was rested on Friday for the match against Virat Kohli's XI, while he was unaware of the fact that Ganguly was included in the playing XI for Sunday's clash Rajasthan Royals.
"As far as I know, Ganguly took rest in the team's previous match against RCB and later I came to know that he is playing today. I don't know much about the so called controversy," said Nehra.
"I don't think that this episode had any bearing on the performance of the players. We are here to perform and no matter who the captain is we try to give our 100 per cent. I have no idea about the other matters but I know that he was rested in the previous match," he added.
Though Royals thrashed Warriors by 45 runs, pacer Nehra was the only bowler to have impressed with his bowling during Sunday's clash. He took 3/23 and definitely expected a better result, as Pune lost the match due to poor batting.
When asked Nehra about the team's performance in the last few games, he said
"I don't know about the specific reasons but there have not been even two fifties and that has always failed us in our chase whether it is 120, 140 or 170. We have not been consistent. Not only batting but the bowling also needs certain improvement."
He further added that the team needs to give importance to fielding as they are leaking a couple of runs, which are proving to be crucial at the end. Moreover, poor batting has also been one of the reasons for the team's inconsistent performance.
"We did not miss too many catches but allowed 15-20 extra runs through poor fielding. But most importantly, we have not clicked as a batting unit. We have explosive batsmen like Robin Uthappa and Ryder but it is hard to understand the reason behind eight consecutive defeats," Nehra told reporters at the post-match press conference.
When asked whether injuries have deprived his career, he said "I feel I am in good rhythm for quite some time. I do my job and rest depends upon selectors. I have been consistently bowling well these days."