The thirty-eight years old, India’s left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra called for his retirement after having successful eighteen long years of international cricket.
Ashish Nehra will now play his final game against New Zealand in the first T20 of the series at his home ground of Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on 1st of November. He has also called time on playing further domestic cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL). Though, IPL had played a big role in his comeback to the shortest format of the game in 2016.
He said:“I’ve spoken to the team management and the chairman selection committee and it can’t get bigger than playing your last at the same venue where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years back. It’s always good to retire when people are asking ‘Why’ rather than ‘Why Not?’ I always wanted to retire on a high. Can’t get bigger than playing in Delhi and retiring there. It is a way forward, and there is no bigger tournament coming. The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling, it was me and Jasprit Bumrah bowling. This meant either Bhuvi or Mohammed Shami sat out. Now I think it is the right time and they’ve welcomed my decision.”
“I was always mentally strong. Whenever I was training, I was training to play for India. I am that sort of a person that I train day in, day out just to play for India. I know that I am retiring in November, there are five months, and I can easily play the IPL, or I could have played another year of international cricket also. But that’s my decision, once I leave, I will leave. I won’t even play the IPL,” he added.
Ashish Nehra made his debut for India in 1999 under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin and had played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 26 T20 Internationals till now. In 18 years of his career, he has picked 44 Test, 157 ODI, and 34 T20 wickets. He was also the part of 2011 world cup winning team.