India paceman Ashish Nehra to retire from internationals

Sarbananda Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal

Nehra recently made headlines for having passed the rigorous Yo-Yo Test and paved his way into the T20I side, in spite of being a senior player. The 38-year-old, who is part of the T20 squad for the ongoing Australia series, did not feature in the playing eleven in the first two T20I matches.

The first Twenty20 against New Zealand on November 1st at Feroz Shah Kotla, his homeground, will be his last game. "But he feels, it's the right time to move on", a senior BCCI official told PTI.

"If I have decided something, there is no going back".

Nehra will make his final bow on his home ground at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. "If I retire, I won't even play the IPL", added Nehra. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official was quoted as saying by cricketnext.

Veteran Team India pacer Ashish Nehra is set to retire from all forms of cricket next month.

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

"Had there not been a match at Kotla next month, Ashish would have retired after playing the third T20 worldwide [of the ongoing series against Australia] at Hyderabad on October 13", the official said.

Furthermore, the left-arm pacer won't be seen in the Indian Premier League from next year.

The Delhi-native has collected 44, 157 and 34 wickets in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in his 18-year worldwide career. However, Nehra couldn't take part in the final due to a fractured finger.

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. "But I am just trying my level best", Nehra was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo after he was selected for the Australia series.

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