Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

'Want to go when still at top,' Ashish Nehra confirms cricket retirement

'Want to go when still at top,' Ashish Nehra confirms cricket retirement

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.

The 38-year-old has been plagued by injuries and last played for India in February.

Today (October 11), a "Press Trust of India" report said Nehra had informed captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri that he will retire on November 1 (Wednesday) after India-New Zealand T20I game in Delhi. "It's good if you retire when people ask "why" and not when they start saying "why not", said the veteran pacer from Delhi. I wanted to retire while I am still on top. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official had said.

Ashish Nehra has created a buzz in media by his announcement that he is retiring from global cricket. 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.

Nehra will make his final bow on his home ground at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

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.

It is understood that Nehra won't play even in the Indian Premier League's next season.

Overall, Nehra has 44 Test wickets, 157 ODI wickets and 34 scalps in T20Is.

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.

It is learnt that a few IPL franchises want Nehra as their bowling coach-cum-mentor as his expertise and knowledge with white ball is considered to be unparalleled. He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, owing to a hamstring injury.

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