Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket next month after an injury-plagued career.
Nehra, who is a part of India’s Twenty20 squad in the ongoing series against Australia, will bow out from international cricket, domestic cricket and the IPL after the first T20I against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground in New Delhi.
And the 38-year-old, who has suffered a series of injury problems and last played for India in February, said he wanted to go out on top and in front of his home fans.
“It is always good to retire when people are asking why, rather than why not,” he says in Hyderabad ahead of the third T20 against Australia on Friday, I have spoken to the team management as well as the chairman of the selection committee.”
He continued further by saying, “It can’t get bigger than getting to retire in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago.”
The left-arm quick made his debut in 1999 under the captaincy of Mohammed Azharuddin collected 157 ODI wickets plus 44 Test and 34 T20 scalps during his 18-year career since making his debut in the five-day format in 1999.
Knee and back injuries forced Nehra out of the international arena for close to four years. He made a comeback to the national team in the shorter format and on the back of consistent performances; the pacer was selected for the 2011 World Cup in India. He was a key member of the team that was eventually crowned champions, albeit a finger injury ruling him out of the final. Nehra never played an ODI for India after that.
Now, India will host New Zealand for three one-day internationals and three T20 matches starting on October 22.
Nehra was a vital part of India’s 2003 World Cup campaign in South Africa, where the team ended up as runners-up to Australia and he was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad.