Ashish Nehra, 38, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday. His last game will be the first T20 against New Zealand in Delhi.
Ashish Nehra, the 38-year-old Indian pacer, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Thursday (October 12). He will bow out from the international scene after the first Twenty20 International against New Zealand. He set to be played at his home ground at the Feroz Shah Kotla on November 1.
Ashish Nehra to bid adieu to International Cricket on November 1 in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Cl9AfOapHK
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017
With ICC not slotting any World T20 in 2018, Nehra apparently told the team management that it is only fair that performing juniors have a longer rope.
Nehra is often the subject of social media jokes and memes. However, as soon as the news of his retirement trickled in Twitter turned emotional.
“I was always mentally strong. Whenever I was training, I was training to play for India. I am that sort of a person that I train day in, day out just to play for India. I know that I am retiring in November, there are five months and I can easily play the IPL or I could have played another year of international cricket also. But that’s my decision, once I leave, I will leave. I won’t even play the IPL,” he added.
Ashish Nehra made his senior debut for India during the Test series against Sri Lanka in 1999 and helped the Indian cricket team reach the 2003 World Cup final. The 38-year-old has been plagued by injuries and last played for India in February.