Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ashish Nehra set to retire from cricket on November 1

Ashish Nehra set to retire from cricket on November 1

After a few days of speculation, veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra has announced his retirement from all forms of the game here on Thursday.

The 38-year-old has been plagued by injuries and last played for India in February. His choice of the retirement match is befitting as he'll be ending his career in front of his home crowd at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi.

Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra on Thursday said he will call an end to his cricket career after the first Twenty20 worldwide (T20I) against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on November 1.

"When I was selected for this series, I informed Virat (Kohli) and coach (Ravi) Shastri that I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well".

"Obviously, there is some element of surprise".

If the reports are to be believed, Nehra had made a decision to exclude himself from the playing eleven in the opening match of ongoing three-match T20 global series. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official had said. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", a senior BCCI official told PTI.

India host New Zealand in a series of three T20 internationals starting next month, and curiously Nehra chose to hang his boots after the first game. He has also been an asset for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL but the Delhi ace said he will not play the glitzy T20 tournament either.

Nehra has played 17 Tests and 120 ODIs, while his tally of T20Is is at 26 with one match left in the Australia series.

The Delhi-native has collected 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in his 18-year worldwide career.

Nehra, who took 235 wickets in 163 worldwide 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.

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