Ashish Nehra calls time on his cricket career; will play his last match against New Zealand in Nov
Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday, October 12. His last game will be the first T20 International against New Zealand on November 1.
The left-arm medium fast bowler has represented India since 1999.
It's my own decision. Match on Nov 1 is in Delhi. There's no bigger thing than to retire in your hometown: Ashish Nehra on his retirement," said Nehra during a press briefing. If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won't even play the IPL. I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee. It can't get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home crowd,” Ashish Nehra.
Its my own decision and once I retire from International Cricket, I will not play in the IPL as well - Ashish Nehra pic.twitter.com/TLCKp28cNc— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017
It's always good to retire when people are asking Why rather than Why Not? - Ashish Nehra on his retirement pic.twitter.com/Uacvs17Z8S— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017
Ashish Nehra to bid adieu to International Cricket on November 1 in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Cl9AfOapHK— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017
Nehra made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1999 and his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2001. On his Test debut, Nehra started out well, dismissing Marvan Atapattu early but then failed to pick up any more wickets. Similarly, he dismissed Alistair Campbell with only his 2nd ball in ODIs. He was also part of the Indian team's run at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. It was there against England, that he got his career-best ODI figures of six for 23. His performance in the other matches in the World Cup were also noteworthy. His contribution in the 2011 World Cup was also noteworthy where India lifted the prized trophy.
Unfortunately, back and ankle injuries have hindered his career throughout.