Pune Warriors star Shrikant Wagh has rued the absence of fellow seamer Ashish Nehra after he was ruled out of the Indian Premier League.
After stints with Mumbai and Delhi, the 31-year-old Nehra was due to play for the new Pune franchise this year, but was ruled out of the Twenty20 tournament with a fractured finger.
Nehra and Wagh, who snapped up Man of the Match figures of three for 16 in Sunday’s win over the Kings XI Punjab, would’ve been a formidable new-ball pairing in Wednesday’s encounter against Kochi. However, Nehra’s injury has left the 22-year-old Wagh to open the attack alongside Alfonso Thomas, with Wayne Parnell as a potential first-change in Mumbai.
“I am really sad that Ashish will not be playing. As a left-arm seamer, it would have been nice to get a few tips from one of the best left-arm swing bowler in our country. I am missing him,” Wagh said.
Having worked with former England bowling coach Troy Cooley, the spirited southpaw seamer feels he is better equipped to weigh in with variations in line and length rather than just out-and-out pace.
“Though it was a brief stint but I learnt a lot from Troy Cooley about swing bowling,” he added
Wagh finds himself in a starting XI packed with all-rounders and, on the back of a ton in domestic cricket recently, is confident he can contribute with the bat if availed the opportunity against the Tuskers.
“I have scored a century in Ranji Trophy for Vidarbha and I consider myself as an all-rounder,” he concluded. Cricket365