If Sachin Tendulkar Can Play Till 40, Why Not Ashish Nehra, Asks Virender Sehwag

  • Nehra was included in India’s T20I squad
  • Sehwag said he was not surprised with Nehra’s inclusion
  • Sehwag said age should not determine selection

Former India opener Virender Sehwag says he was not surprised with veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra’s inclusion in the India squad for the three-match T20I series against Australia, starting October 7 in Ranchi. Sehwag also added that age should not be the sole criteria in the selection process. Sehwag cited the example of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, both of whom played at the highest level in their 40s. “I don’t think age should be the criteria to play in the world cup. If Nehra is fit, picking up wickets and giving away less runs, then why not? Sanath Jayasuriya played till 42, Sachin Tendulkar played till the age of 40 then why not Ashish Nehra?”

Nehra’s inclusion in the 15-man squad surprised many, mostly because he is on the wrong end of his 30s and the next World T20 is a good three years away. However, Sehwag was sure that the 38-year-old Delhi pacer still has it in him to represent the Men in Blue at the international level.

“I was not at all surprised with Nehra’s selection in the T20I team against Australia. I am very happy that he is a part of the team and I want him to play more matches in future,” Sehwag told India TV on Wednesday.

Sehwag also revealed the secret behind Nehra’s fitness and said that his Delhi mate has scored almost at par with captain Virat Kohli in the “yo-yo” endurance test.