Veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday announced that he will retire from global cricket after the opening T20 against New Zealand at his home ground of Delhi on November 1, ending a prolific but injury-plagued career.
Asked to name the best captain he has played under, Nehra simply said: "I have played under so many and all of them had their different styles". He will bow out from the global scene after the first Twenty20 worldwide against New Zealand which is set to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.
Nehra made his global debut in 1999 in the longest format of the game.
Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 global series against Australia but he wasn't picked for the first two matches. "I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee", Nehra told the media. "Since India play their next T20 in Delhi, Nehra prefers to play that match", the official further added. He has not played any cricket after getting injured in the last IPL.
"I was always mentally strong and whenever I used to train, I always used to play for India", Nehra said about his retirement from the Indian Premier League as well. "I have always trained to play for India", he said.
"There will be a gap of five months between the next edition of IPL and November". I could even play another year of global cricket. Once I will leave, I will leave. It is always good to retire when people say "why", not "why not". "I always wanted to retire on a high", the veteran fast bowler said.
He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad with a match-turning performance in the semi-final against Pakistan. "When I came into this series, I had come prepared to bowl".
"I feel this is the way forward". I have given it a good thought, especially looking at the way Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are bowling. "So I think it is the right time and my decision has been welcomed by all concerned", Nehra signed off.
So, let us wish Ashish Nehra will spark one last time at his home ground playing for team India.