Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra has chose to quit worldwide cricket after playing the T20 match against New Zealand at Ferozeshah Kotla here on Nov 1, media reports said. 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. "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.
Indian media quoted an unnamed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official as saying Nehra has informed head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli about his decision.
"Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla". After being omitted for the West Indies and Sri Lanka series, Nehra was recalled for Australia's T20I leg.
Nehra, 38, had said earlier of his intention to continue playing in the game's shortest format - he is no longer involved in Tests or one-day internationals - for at least the next two years. "Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds, and Ashish said that the pair should continue".
The Kotla T20 will give Nehra a chance to finish his injury-plagued career at his home ground.
Nehra is best remembered for his spell of 6-23 against England in the ICC WC 2003. Nehra's also said to have taken the call while keeping in mind that young and effective pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar deserve to play more number of matches.
He was a member of the World Cup winning India side of 2011 where he put in a match winning performance against Pakistan in the semi-finals.