Happy to have played a full season without injury: Abhishek Nayar

Abhishek Nayar

Nayar, known as a partnership breaker with his clever bowling, has got 16 wickets, including brilliant figures of 6 for 13 against Bengal at the Brabourne Stadium here, and attributed it to his off-season work.

"I think I have worked a lot during the off-season with all my colleagues. Just hoping that I get good results. I am happy so far everything has worked out."

Looking ahead to the final, Nayar said the opponents were a very good outfit and cannot be taken lightly by the multiple-time Ranji champions.

"Saurashtra is obviously a very good team. They have players who can hang in there and get big runs. And they are a very good bowling attack. They have reached the final by beating Punjab who had a very good run. If we execute our skills better than them, things will work out for us."

The presence of senior cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was a bit boost for the home team, he said.

"The kind of aura he carries and his presence in the dressing room is a big motivation for all of us. To have him in the dressing room, to get to talk to him, to get his xpertise is something we all thrive on. It's obviously a big boost for us," he gushed.

Nayar said the closely fought league game at Indore against Madhya Pradesh was a major confidence boost. "It was the most enjoyable one. If we had not won that we would have been out of the tournament. That victory brought us back in the tournament and gave us hope. For a team to win a close game like that was a confidence booster."

He was happy for teammate Rohit Sharma's splendid show (83) in the 4th ODI against England yesterday at Mohali.

"I am extremely happy for Rohit. He's been working really hard in the nets while he was not playing. It's really unfortunate that he got out the way he did and hopefully in the coming game he will get a big hundred.

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