Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra has reportedly made a decision to retire from global and competitive cricket after the conclusion of the first T20 worldwide match against New Zealand on November 1.
Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to call time on his worldwide career after the first T20I against New Zealand on November 1. "That caught the entire team by surprise but he requested if he could play his last game at his home ground in Delhi", a source close to the development told The Times of India.
Today (October 11), a "Press Trust of India" report said Nehra had informed captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri that he will retire on November 1 (Wednesday) after India-New Zealand T20I game in Delhi. After being omitted for the West Indies and Sri Lanka series, Nehra was recalled for Australia's T20I leg. 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. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", a senior BCCI official told PTI.
"Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it's only fair in the interest of the team that they continue", the official said.
The official intimated that Nehra would have called it quits after the third T20I in Australia but for there being a match at his home ground so soon afterwards. Since then his career has been plagued by injuries.
Nehra, who took 235 wickets in 163 global appearances, was an integral part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, although he will also be remembered for his match-winning spell of 6-23 against England in the 2003 edition. Nehra also played for four teams in the Indian Premier League from 2012-16.