Nehra plays down World T20 run-rate concerns

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Bengaluru, Mar.22 (ANI): Downplaying concerns regarding the net-run rate requirements in the ongoing World T20, Indian left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra on Tuesday said that his side are currently focusing on winning their must-win clash against Bangladesh.

India are third behind Pakistan in terms of run-rate despite hammering the arch-rivals at Eden Gardens in Group B clash on Saturday.

“We are aware of the net-run rate but the main thing is winning the game. We are taking one game at a time. First we have to win the game and we are concentrating on that,” Nehra told the media on the eve of their third World T20 group-stage match against Bangladesh at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Reflecting on the clash, the 36-year-old said that that Mashrafe Mortaza’s side had been performing well from the last two to three years and, therefore, India would not take them lightly.

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Nehra, who made his international comeback after a lengthy gap of four years in the Twenty20 series against Australia earlier this year, insisted that he wanted to pass on his experience to the young bowlers in the squad.

“My job is very important. Whatever experience I have gained in my 16 to 17 years of career, I will try to pass it on to them (Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammed Shami). Everyone knows how talented they are, especially Bumrah, who has performed pretty well in these last two months.

So I will try to provide as much help as I can,” said Nehra.

Nehra also lavished praise on Bangladesh’s fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, who produced high-quality display during his side’s three-wicket defeat at the hands of Australia on Monday.

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“Especially in this format, he has been in really good form. He has got a god-gifted slow ball action. I think he is a very good future prospect, especially in ODI and T20 cricket. But good thing is that he is in my team (Sunrisers Hyderabad) in the upcoming IPL edition and therefore it will definitely help me as well,” Nehra pointed. (ANI)

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