Hyderabad, Sep 18: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) paceman Ashish Nehra is upset that people only "highlight" his injuries despite him being injured just as any other cricketer who plays the game. And the message for his critics is "I don't care."
The 35-year-old Nehra bowled an outstanding spell of bowling (4/21 in 4 overs including 2 wickets in 2 balls) against Kolkata Knight Riders in the last night's Champions League (CLT20) opener, which his team lost.
Nehra admitted that he had a history with injuries. "I have had a history with injuries throughout my career and I am not denying that," the left-arm fast bowler from Delhi, told CLT20's official website.
"But in India, once you get a reputation for something, it is hard to get out of it. Last season I played all the domestic matches and was very much fit throughout. Unfortunately I got a side strain during the IPL and everyone went overboard about my fitness again. (Watch Dhoni's 101-metre six)
"I do get injured like many other players do. But my injuries are always highlighted. I cannot do anything about it except working hard and fighting back," he added.
Right through his career, Nehra has struggled with his fitness. He made his international debut in 1999 in a Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He has played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 8 T20Is for India.
Nehra is not bothered about the criticism and wants to play for India again. "I don't care what people say about me," he hit back at his critics.
"I just try and give it my all. I have good physios and doctors around me to help me out and I put my best into it as well. I don't care what people say about me. I love playing this game and irrespective of my age, I want to continue playing cricket - for India, for CSK and for Delhi. And I will continue to work hard for that," he said.