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Fast bowlers should play IPL to get match practice before World Cup: Ashish Nehra

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“I think it is a wrong thought-process to rest the World Cup-bound fast bowlers during the IPL. Lohey ko zang lag jaata hai [Iron gets rusted]. No matter how much training you do, you need match practice. If a bowler himself feels he needs rest then that is a different matter. In my view, they should play 8-10 IPL games. It will be helpful for the World Cup,” Nehra told The Mumbai Mirror.

Nehra’s injury in 2011 World Cup

He further reiterated his point by saying that anyone can get injured any time, not just during IPL. He recalled his 2011 World Cup injury, the one in which he injured himself in the semi-final against Pakistan.

“You can get injured any time, not only during the IPL. In the 2011 World Cup, I got injured in the semi-final against Pakistan. You can get injured in practice too. Or even in the first match of the World Cup. We will have a couple of weeks between the IPL and the World Cup, which is sufficient to recover from niggles,” he added.

The IPL 2019 will start on March 23 and is expected to end in the second week of May while the World Cup is scheduled to kick-start on May 30.


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