Ashish Nehra announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Ashish Nehra announces retirement from all forms of cricket

Nehra is now part of three-match T20I series against Australia but he didn't feature in the first two matches.

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

India veteran pacer Ashish Nehra is set to retire from global cricket after the opener of a three-T20I series against New Zealand on November 1 at his home ground in Delhi, local media have reported.

It is understood that Nehra's retirement is from all forms of cricket and he will not take part in the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). "It's good if you retire when people ask "why" and not when they start saying "why not", said the veteran pacer from Delhi. "Nehra has requested for one last match at his home ground and wants to go out on a high", the official had said.

"When I was selected for this series, I informed Virat (Kohli) and coach (Ravi) Shastri that I think Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well. So it can't get bigger than retiring in front of your home fans where I played my first Ranji Trophy game 20 years ago", said the pacer on the eve of the third and final T20 against Australia here tomorrow.

The Delhi-born pacer made his debut for India in 1999 and has since gone on to play 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20Is for his country.

Nehra was recently picked for the three-match T20 global series against Australia but everyone was surprised when he did not figure in the playing XI for the first two matches. He has picked 44 Test wickets, besides 157 ODI and 34 T20 scalps.

Nehra, who took 235 wickets in 163 global appearances, was an integral part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team, although he will also be remembered for his match-winning spell of 6-23 against England in the 2003 edition. He missed a part of the 2017 IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, owing to a hamstring injury.