“My simple thinking about bowling in the death, number one is that mentally you have to be very strong,” Nehra said on the eve of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s third match, against Mumbai Indians. “There are so many times I have seen that the first ball you bowl goes for a six, the second ball also goes for a six and you feel maybe this over is going for 25-26 runs. But if you are mentally strong and even if the first two balls go for sixes, you can still bowl a 15-run over. Those 5-10 runs make a big difference.
In the death overs, only if you execute your skills you will do well but you have to be mentally very strong. One or two bad games doesn’t matter. I have seen bowlers in the past who have had two or three bad games and from there onwards, the whole tournament they will play or the teams will drop them after five or six games and they never recover, that is the main thing in T20 cricket.”
“Everbody’s mindset is different,” Nehra said. “Yorker is one word which I hear in T20 cricket, the more and more I play. It is very easy to say like everyone says ‘oh, bowl a yorker’ because somebody who never bowled doesn’t know what it takes to bowl a yorker, especially when the ground is wet on a ground like Mumbai.
“It is very easy to say go and bowl a yorker. If it’s in my hands to bowl good yorkers, I can bowl six. It is not that easy.”