Nehra to call it quits


He seems to decide to halt his career soon in the coming series against New Zealand. On a green turf at Guwahati, India could have added him in the playing XI by keeping one of the spinners out, but Virat Kohli did not want to tinker with the winning combination.

Nehra is part of the squad for the T20I series against Australia cricket team but has not been able to find a place in the playing XI.

Nehra said he had made up his mind about retirement after looking at impressive performances of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.

A day after the news of Ashish Nehra's retirement announcement making the headlines, the seasoned left-arm pacer himself confirmed the news saying that the match against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground New Delhi would be his final match when he would don the colours of Indian team jersey.

The 38-year-old veteran speedster has reportedly informed the BCCI that he would be quitting worldwide cricket after the first T20I against New Zealand to be played at his home ground, the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi, on November 1. But this certainly can not erase the lanky pacer's contribution to the game as he leaves an indelible mark on Indian cricket. "I played my first Ranji game there 20 years ago", Nehra, who has been part of the Indian team in two largely successful World Cup campaigns, two Asia Cups, and three Champions Trophies, said.

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Nehra was selected in the T20I squad against Australia.

"What we have heard is that Nehra has spoken to the captain and coach and informed them about his decision to retire after the T20 match in Delhi". They asked me that I can play for one more year in IPL. "I always trained to play for India". People said you are retiring in November, you can still play the next IPL which is just five months away. "If I retire, I won't even play the IPL", added Nehra.

"But that's my decision". But my decision is once I leave, I leave. "So many people will play one or two years of IPL (after retiring from worldwide cricket)". You don't like people to retire but that's reality. "So once I made a decision to quit, I thought I will quit IPL as well", he said. "I hope it won't happen again in future", he said. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", said the senior official in a report published by DNA.

While his worldwide career spans 18 years he was forced to retire from Tests a decade ago and his last ODI was the World Cup 2011 semi-final against Pakistan where he injured his finger and was ruled out of the final.