Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra called time on his long cricketing career after playing his last competitive match - the first T20I of the three-match series against New Zealand - on his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on Wednesday. That's precisely happened on Wednesday Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla ground, where Ashish Nehra, bid farewell to his global career in from of his home crowd.
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The re-entry of the 2003 picture on the Twitter timeline created a lot of buzz on the micro-blogging site.
Known for his swiftness on and off the field, Nehra has always been a helping hand for all the young players in the Indian cricket team.
But he delivered like always and he now happens to be India's third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 26 matches.
Ashish Nehra's teammates one by one share their best memories they have spent with the pacer and wish him good luck for his future in the video. "Now that picture belongs to Virat Kohli", Nehra had told Hindustan Times.More news: 'Multiple parties down' after shooting at Colorado Wal-mart
In his career spanning over 18 years, Nehra has had 12 surgeries, took 157 ODI wickets. I have played under many different people, but it has been a memorable journey.
Ashish Nehra showed off some fancy foot work during his last worldwide outing that even amazed India skipper Virat Kohli and bowler Chahal.
It was a startling sight as the left-arm pacer, way back in 2003, was snapped presenting a trophy to the then Delhi schoolboy Kohli, who went on to become Nehra's last worldwide captain. I was 13 then and struggling for a place in the school team.
Talking about Nehra's retirement, Kohli said that he knows how hard Nehra has worked and he deserved this kind of farewell with the crowd cheering him. "Watching him say goodbye to the sport we all love so much", Kohli said during the post-match ceremony on Wednesday. One thing which will definitely be at peace will be my body. Many people asked me if you would have liked to play more Test cricket. "He has a attractive family and it is time for him to take care of them". I have no regrets.
"I'm not on social media but that picture has become popular now because where Virat Kohli is today. I didn't come here to roam around", Nehra said. Otherwise, it was just a picture on the wall and nobody would have admired it. Kohli too spoke about the picture in a BCCI video.