Veteran Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra has announced his retired from international cricket. The news was confirmed by PTI while citing BCCI on Wednesday evening. The 38-year-old fast-bowler who is a part of the Indian cricket team for the ongoing three-match T20I series against Australia will play his last match against New Zealand on November 1, the BCCI confirmed. Even though Nehra was picked for the Australia, he wasn’t included in the playing XI for the first two games.
According to a senior BCCI official privy to the development, the 38-year-old Nehra has intimated his decision to chief coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli. One of the main reasons behind Nehra’s decision could be that ICC has not slotted a World T20 in 2018. It is understood that Nehra won’t play even in the Indian Premier League’s next season. Making his India debut back in 1999 under Mohammed Azharuddin, Nehra has so far played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals for the country.
“Yes, Ashish has told both Ravi and Virat that he does not want to continue beyond November 1 when India plays New Zealand at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Obviously, there is some element of surprise. One thought that he would like to continue till the home season against Sri Lanka. But he feels, it’s the right time to move on,” the senior official told PTI.
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are form bowlers and Ashish felt that it’s only fair in the interest of the team that they continue. Bhuvi has improved as a T20 bowler in leaps and bounds and Ashish said that the pair should continue. Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 International at Hyderabad on October 13,” the official said.
Since the T20 against New Zealand will be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, it will give Nehra a chance to retire in front of his home crowd. He is best remembered for his 6 for 23 against England at Durban in the 2003 World Cup, a match he played despite being unwell and frequently throwing up in between his overs.