Friday, 23 February, 2018

After Ashish Nehra Announces Retirement, Twitter Turns Emotional

Ashish Nehra to retire from cricket after Delhi T20I against New Zealand Report Indranil Mukherjee AFP
Kristopher Love | 12 October, 2017, 12:45

It is a three-match series and Nehra will play in only the opening contest.

The 38-year-old Nehra was a surprise pick in the Indian team for the ongoing Twenty20 global series against Australia.

Veteran India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to call time on his worldwide career after the first T20I against New Zealand on November 1. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", the senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.

"It is always good to retire when people are asking why than why not", Nehra told reporters here.

"If I have decided something, there is no going back". I wanted to retire while I am still on top.

"What we have heard is that Nehra has spoken to the captain and coach and informed them about his decision to retire after the T20 match in Delhi". One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka.

"But I train only to play for India and once I retire from worldwide cricket, I will not play in the IPL as well", the left-armer said.

If the reports are to be believed, Nehra had chose to exclude himself from the playing eleven in the opening match of ongoing three-match T20 worldwide series.

Nehra has so far played 17 Tests (44 wickets), 120 One-Day Internationals (157 wickets) and 26 T20Is (34 wickets) for the country.

Furthermore, the left-arm pacer won't be seen in the Indian Premier League from next year, an edition where an open auction is rumoured to take place.

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

"At times when I wake up, especially in the winter in Delhi, my knees are so sore, it is half an hour before I can even leave my bed and am able to walk", added Nehra.