Asia Cup 2016: Ashish Nehra will look to continue bowling influence upfront
Since his return to the T20 side, Nehra has picked seven wickets in six matches.
New Delhi: Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra will be one of his side's key assets in the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20. After contributing against Australia and Sri Lanka in India's back to back T20I series, Nehra's confidence will be handy for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Nehra had an amazing season in 2015 for the now suspended Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League which led the skipper having faith in him to draft him back to the T20 squad this year. Nehra since then hasn't disappointed and has been a notable figure in the side.
His consistency in this format also saw Sunrisers Hyderabad shell out mega bucks in this year's IPL auctions on February 6.
The 36-year-old recently stated that he is looking for a partnership with fellow pace bowlers in the Indian set up and that in turn would only help the bowling unit in dictating the plans well.
Skipper MS Dhoni has been wise in knowing how to get the best out of the senior bowler and has used him well upfront in the powerplay overs. The first six overs are crucial in a T20 game and Nehra has delivered for his captain which was evident in the recent series win against the Lankans.
Since his return to the T20 side, Nehra has picked seven wickets in six matches and has been ushered with faith by Dhoni which has allowed him to bowl fearlessly. Nehra had stated recently that the idea is to pick wickets in first six overs even if he gives away some runs.
Dhoni's faith in him in the absence of Mohammed Shami upfront has rubbed off on Nehra and his experience will be vital in the Asia Cup. If Nehra has a good outing in the series, it will be a confidence booster ahead of the World Cup at home.
India open their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 24 and if Nehra gets his plans correct, his side will hope to build on the platform he will look to give when they bowl. Bangladesh have been inspiring at home and the batters will provide a stern test to Nehra.