Ashish Nehra announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ashish Nehra, 38, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday. His last game will be the first T20 against New Zealand in Delhi.

Ashish Nehra confirmed on Thursday that he will be retiring from all forms of cricket after the first Twenty20 international between India and New Zealand at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.

“It can’t get bigger than this. Retiring at my home ground is big. I wanted to retire while I am still on top. It’s good if you retire when people ask ‘why’ and not when they start saying ‘why not’,” said the veteran pacer from Delhi.

According to a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official privy to the development, the 38-year-old cricketer has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli.

With the International Cricket Council (ICC) not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.

It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season.

Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammad 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.

It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with the white ball is considered to be unparalleled.

The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.

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