Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra has decided to retire from international cricket. In a recent interview to PTI Nehra said that he will be packing his bag from the national team after the first T-20 International against New Zealand at his home ground Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on November 1. Nehra playing for India for the past 18 years and has played under six different captains.
"Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it's the right time to move on," a senior BCCI official told PTI.
The decision comes after International Cricket Council (ICC) officially announced that there will be no T-20 World Cup next year. The 38-year old who has 144 ODI wickets to his credit felt that it was time to give youngsters a chance to excel. “Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are in form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue. Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.
He then went on to declare that he will also be retiring from the Indian Premier League bidding adieu from all formats of the game.
Nehra 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.
In what could be summed up as an injury prone career, Nehra has gone under the knife 12 times. He will always be remembered as the player who never gave up even after injuries which are known to spoil a cricketer’s career.