India fast bowler Ashish Nehra confirmed that he will retire from international cricket after the opener of a three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground in Delhi.
Nehra said that he has spoken with the Indian Cricket team management and also with MSK Prasad, the chairman of the selection committee, regarding his decision to retire at his hometown.
To which Nehra told, “I have decided that, and it is my own decision. I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee. The match on November 1 against New Zealand in Delhi will be my last. There’s no bigger thing than that you retiring at your hometown. I played my first Ranji Trophy here match 20 years back.”
The 38-year-old further said that it was not an overnight decision and that he had given a good thought to it, keeping in mind the way Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been bowling in the past few months.
“Whatever I am today is because of cricket. It is not an overnight decision. I have given it a good thought, especially looking at the way Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are bowling. Though I had entered the ongoing series with the mindset of playing, I had already put my point of view before the captain and coach regarding my future. I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well. And that this is the right time for me to go,” he added.
The Delhi-native has collected 44 test, 157 one-day international and 34 Twenty20 wickets in his 18-year international career. Nehra also played for four teams in the Indian Premier League from 2012-16.
“It is good for me that people believe that I can still play. It’s like always good to retire when you are on top. It was a tough decision for me. But they all respect my decision. If I have decided something, there is no going back. If I retire, I won’t even play the IPL,” Nehra said.
His last appearance in Indian colours was during the home T20I series against England earlier this year. After being omitted for the West Indies and Sri Lanka series, Nehra was recalled for Australia’s T20I leg. Though he was part of the squad, he never took part in the training drills prior to the first T20I in Ranchi. He was spotted bowling in the side nets before the Guwahati encounter, but couldn’t find a place in the playing eleven.
Nehra will also not take part in the IPL hereafter.
It's always good to retire when people are asking Why rather than Why Not? – Ashish Nehra on his retirement pic.twitter.com/Uacvs17Z8S
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017