Interview with Ashish Nehra
On his beginnings as a fast bowler
I always tried to bowl fast with the tennis ball and rubber ball in school.
Wasim Akram was my idol, I used to see him on TV all the time...
On his days in junior cricket
I don't think it was a disadvantage that I didn't play much junior cricket.
I had played a lot of club cricket in the Delhi league, so my confidence
was very high...
On his first class debut for Delhi
It was a very good moment for me. It was very hard for me to make a
permanent place in the team. When I played my first game, I just tried to
give my 100% and bowl well...
On his selection to the Indian team during the Asian Test Championship
It was a little bit of a surprise for me but I was doing well in the
domestic season. Before my selection, I took six or seven wickets against
On the Test match at Colombo
Obviously it was a great experience for me. But when I played in Colombo,
it was a very good batting wicket and very hot also...
On the transformation in his bowling this season
I missed a lot of matches in the last season because of an injury. I had an
ankle problem. But this season I'm fully fit right now...
On his approach in Indian conditions
You have to bowl fast and keep a good line or length
because there is not much swing in Indian conditions. In
domestic cricket I just try to bowl quick on a good line or length,
bowl good bouncers...try to bowl reverse swing with the old ball...
On his most satisfying performance
It was this year against East Zone in the Duleep Trophy. I took seven
wickets for 17 runs. The pitch was a bit unprepared, I'd say. It was
not a good wicket for the batsmen but obviously a good wicket for me...
On the areas he would like to tighten up
There's always a lot of room for improvement. I'm just trying to work on
my fitness, my fielding and my batting as well...
On whether his lefthandedness is an advantage
Definitely because there are not so many left arm bowlers in the country
right now, just me and Zaheer...
On his inspirations
In international cricket definitely Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram, Saurav
Ganguly, they're very great players...I met Wasim Akram in England...
On his impressions of the Chennai camp
This is a very good but very hard camp for us. John Wright is a positive
man, I think he will do India a lot of good. We're working on our mental
strength as well and Wright is helping us gain in confidence...
On the coaching he has undergone
I play for the Sonnet Club in Delhi and my coach is Mr. Tarik Sinha who
gave me a lot of inspiration...
On the differing demands of domestic and international cricket
In international cricket you're under a lot of pressure and you have
to bowl all six balls on a good line and length...again you have to be
mentally strong. It's all mental and it's all from the heart...