New Delhi: Ashish Nehra walking into a press conference is a sight rarely seen by many. However, the Indian pacer did just that ahead of Wednesday’s India versus Bangladesh World T20 tie in Bangalore and his witty retorts left the media wanting for more. (World T20: Why Should India Worry About Bangladesh? Asks Virender Sehwag)
India and Bangladesh have developed a string rivalry of sorts after India’s loss in Bangladesh in a bilateral ODI series in June 2015. The Bangladesh media made fun of India’s high-profile cricketers with cartoons that went viral on social media.
After a controversial World Cup encounter in Australia, the rivalry has only intensified. India, however, thrashed Bangladesh by eight wickets in the Asia Cup final on March 6 in Mirpur. (World T20: Mahendra Singh Dhoni Urges Team India to Lift Run Rate Against Bangladesh)
“You are asking this question to a wrong person because I am somebody who is not on social media. I am still using my old Nokia so I am not on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I don’t read newspapers,” the left-arm pacer said at the press conference.
India lost to New Zealand in the ongoing World T20 before turning it around against Pakistan and Nehra did his bit in both crucial games, taking a wicket each for 20 runs.
The left-arm pacer asserted that there is no room for complacency going into the remaining leagues games because the T20 format does not guarantee any team qualifying into the knockout stages even if they win three out four matches. World T20: Under Favourable Conditions, We Are Hard to Beat, Says Ravichandran Ashwin)
“Only two teams will qualify. Till the time (you do), you need to approach every game as a knockout game. There’s not too much room for error. Everyone in the dressing room, we are not taking Bangladesh lightly,” he added.