Ashish Nehra confirms retirement plans, says New Zealand T20I in Delhi will be his last

Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday announced that he will retire from international cricket after the opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi on 1 1 November, ending a prolific but injury- plagued career.

PTI, Oct, 12 2017

Hyderabad: Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday announced that he will retire from international cricket after the opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi on 1 1 November, ending a prolific but injury- plagued career.

"It is always good to retire when people are asking why than why not," Nehra told reporters in Hyderabad.

File image of Indian pacer Ashish Nehra. Solaris Images

File image of Indian pacer Ashish Nehra. Solaris Images

"I have spoken to the team management as well the chairman of selection committee that the game against New Zealand has come in Delhi. So it can't get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago," said the pacer on the eve of the third and final T20 against Australia at Hyderabad o Friday.

"I always wanted to retire on a high. I feel this is the right time and my decision has been welcomed," he added.

The 38-year-old intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli. India and New Zealand will lock horns in three ODIs and three Twenty20s starting 22 October.

With the ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors get a longer rope. Nehra also confirmed that he won't be playing in the Indian Premier League.

Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.

He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.

He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. He missed the final due to a finger fracture.

Published Date: Oct 12, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 12, 2017




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